Books and CDs
The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, in cooperation with University of Wisconsin Press, has established a series of publications and documentary compact discs focusing on the lives and cultural traditions of the region’s peoples, from the stories of Ojibwe elders to the music of many ethnic groups.
The Tamburitza Tradition is a lively and well-illustrated comprehensive introduction to a Balkan folk music that now also thrives in communities throughout Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Folklorist Richard March documents the centuries-old origins and development of the tradition,which features acoustic stringed instruments ranging in size from tamburas as small as a ukulele to ones as large as a bass viol. Special to the CSUMC website: Notes from the author and a gallery of supplemental images.
Wisconsin Talk brings together perspectives from linguistics, history, cultural studies, and geography to illuminate why language matters in our everyday lives, with a focus on Wisconsin, one of the most linguistically rich places in North America.
Memories of Lac du Flambeau Elders is a collection of interviews with fifteen Ojibwe elders of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin.
Folklorists Jim Leary and Rick March have distilled a definitive presentation of Upper Midwestern traditional and ethnic music, from Ojibewe drums to Norwegian fiddles, from polka to salsa, from gospel choirs to southeast Asian rock bands. The book is a listener's guide packed with photos, essays, and resources. Special to the CSUMC website: listen to music clips from this series.
A historical overview of Swiss music in America's most European state, and a short autobiography of Rudy Burkhalter, an influential performer whose varied career, in the Old World and the New, epitomizes the Swiss American experience.
Virtuoso yodeling, accordion melodies, choral singing groups, alpine dance bands -- this CD brings together a sampling of the best of Wisconsin's rich Swiss musical heritage. Swissconsin was selected by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center as among the best traditional music recordings issued in 1988.
Now on CD, a toe-taping re-release of 26 old-time music tunes by Wisconsin's beloved Goose Island Ramblers, Bruce Bollerud, George Gilbertsen, and Wendy Whitford, who began performing their special blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, and humor in the Madison area in the 1960s.
From 2003 to 2007, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures published a newsletter focusing on regional culture. Visit our Newsletter page to read PDF versions of past newsletters.