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Folklife Documentary Video Program

Over the past fifteen years, the Folklife Resource Center has been actively involved in documenting folk culture through video. Footage is generated by students, contract fieldworkers, and professional videographers. An ongoing program, topics of research include traditional foodways, the environmental landscape of the Lowcountry, traditional music, and general folklife. Material associated with this program is not selected for artistic merit alone, but for the documentary value of the subject matter.

For the past several years, McKissick Museum has collaborated with veteran documentary filmmaker Stan Woodward. A South Carolina native, his work concentrates on Southern culture and folklife, with a special emphasis on folk heritage foodways. In the late 1990s, Woodward began documenting the variety of stews cooked in black iron pots throughout the South. This led to a partnership with the Folklife Resource Center that produced the major exhibit “Southern Stews.” Three documentaries grew out of that fieldwork – “Southern Stews: A Taste of the South”, “Carolina Hash: A Taste of South Carolina”, and “The Sheep Stew of Dundas: A Gastronomical Delight.”

The Folklife Resource Center continues to explore the merits of video documentation and is currently working on South Carolina camp meetings, Kentucky Burgoo, and a variety of student-driven projects.