Poster for the 23rd National Folk Festival in Maleny, Qld, 1989. Since 1994, the Festival has been held in Canberra.
Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive and Kim Brown, 462585.
Folklore is everywhere and a valuable part of our national heritage. But it is undervalued by our government.
For African slaves, folk tales were a way of remembering their past and keeping their culture alive.
Folklore says we might be able to predict the coming of rain by observing the behaviour of ants.
Ants have many tricks to deal with rain – like holding their breath, blocking nest entrances or drinking excess water and releasing it elsewhere by 'communal peeing.' But can they see rain coming?
A restaurant in Bishopville, S.C. markets the town’s association to the Lizard Man.
Joseph P. Laycock
Towns are embracing their eccentric visitors as a way to boost their struggling economies.
For many graduates, the future looms.
AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri
A few years ago, a folklorist started gathering data on the creative ways graduates were embellishing their caps. From student debt to immigration, some themes quickly emerged.
A 1765 painting of Helios, the personification of the sun in Greek mythology.
The sun was worshiped as a deity in many cultures – and witnessing it get extinguished could be a particularly terrifying event.
Collective environmental guilt could be leading to a rise in werewolf sightings in the English countryside.
Günes Sensoy and Ilayda Akdogan in Mustang (2015).
Female sexuality is a powerful, enchanting force in narratives ranging from fairytales to a modern Turkish film. Mustang reminds us that sometimes education can be an alternative to death or marriage.
Who will you back?
From football to the space race and folklore to the forest, here's why you should back the little guy.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at Southport Magistrates Court in Australia, 18 April 2016.
Why we're being asked to decide whether Amber Heard is one of two archetypes: the gold-digging, manipulative siren or the innocent female victim.
Exactly how does one structurally define a fairy tale, and can we accurately describe The Foxes’ win as such?
X rarely marks the spot, but that doesn’t mean treasure hunters should lose hope.
People love a lost treasure story. Whether it's a Rembrandt in the attic, sunken loot or an entire missing reef, part of us wants to believe there's riches just around the corner.
What can concealed objects and engraved symbols tell us about our convict past?
The discovery of battered old boots, tattered garments, trinkets and dead cats concealed in the walls of historic buildings sheds new light on the lives of Australia's early white settlers.
Stay tuned for my weather report at 11!
As we officially enter winter, some of us are already looking for signs it will be over soon. Folk wisdom tells us to look to the woollys for insight into how bad the season will be.
Dark side of the moon: does it hold some power over us?
As a teenager I observed a strange phenomenon. On awakening from an unusually vivid dream, I would often find that the moon was full. And as the silvery light prevailed on subsequent nights, my nocturnal…