Karikázó, 1983. július - 1984. április (9. évfolyam, 1-4. szám)

1983-07-01 / 1. szám

* 1 ISSN NUMBER: 0164-2537 * Publication of the * American-Hungarian Folklore Centrum * P.O.Box 262, Bogota, New Jersey, 07603 * (201)836-4869 J Appears Quarterly * * $5.00 in U.S.A. t $6.00 in Canada and other countries $ $1.25 per copy * Complimentary to AHFC and HFM members * The purpose of Karikázó is to maintain * communication and update the knowledge of all * interested individuals and groups on the folklore, * folk dance,music, art and ethnic life of Hungarians * all over the world. * Its content does not represent the opinion of.* any organized group. Articles appearing in the * newsletter may be copied only with the permission J of the publisher and if the source, publisher's * name and address, furthermore the writer's name are * cited. * **************************************************** * * The American-Hungarian Folklore Centrum was * established for the chief purpose of disseminating * Hungarian folk culture within the scholarly and * public life of America. * **************************************************** *♦ Editor: Judith Magyar * **************************************************** „ AMERICAN HUNGARIAN EDUCATORS' ASSOCIATION project survival-a Symposium ON HUNGARIAN COMMUNITIES-MAY 13,1983- TORONTO The American-Hungarian Folklore Centrum in conjunction with the American-Hungarian Educators' Association at the recent annual meeting of the Educators' Association, on May 12-14,1983 in Toronto, Canada, co-sponsored a Symposium titled "Hungarian Communities: Project Survival." The Symposium focused on the current research activities and the programming necessary for the Hungarian communities in the United States and Canada to maintain their cultural identity. Very interesting and stimulating lectures were held and some of those will be published in the future issues of Karikázó. Mr. László Kürti, Graduate Student at the University of Massachusetts, chaired the session and presented the first paper which dealt with two Hungarian communities where he has researched: Wintondale, Pa. and a mining community in eastern Kentucky. Mr. Kürti paralleled the two towns that established their Hungarian identity as mining towns. However, after the downfall and disappearance of the mining industry in the United States, these two towns have also decayed and their communities lost their Hungarian identity. Mr. Kürti suggested that the community in Pennsylvania, a more naturally established mining town, with other ethnic groups mixed in, seemed more capable of withstanding the fast decay of the mining industry. On the other hand the community in Kentucky was a somewhat artificial utopian settlement. It was founded by a Hungarian newspaper man and could not resist the disintegration of the economic base. Kálmán Magyar, in his paper, presented the preliminary broad results of the Hungarian Folk Museum Self-Study which was supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities. This study suggests that cultural programs not requiring Hungarian language knowledge are best adaptable for inclusion in the activities of institutions such as the Hungarian Folk Museum. Professor Martin Kovács, who has done extensive research in the Saskatchewan area including numerous Hungarian communities, presented his findings on the"Békevár identities? Békevár is a Hungarian settlement in western Canada and an interesting model to study with regard to cultural maintenance and cultural Hungarian identity. Although a fairly homogeneous population has settled in this western Canadian province, Or. Kovács suggested that the identities should be examined carefully and looked at on different levels. One person in the ethnic community may present a complex identity structure and this person's identity may vary from within or from outside the established community life. Therefore, the extent of Hungarian-ness may vary from individual to continued on p.2.