Article By John Smith Published Jan 23, 2005
Questions for analyzing a song as a cultural artifact
Registers of language
Dream of a Miner's Child (song)
Information on coal mining
Wreck of the Ol' 97, song plus information
Rabbit in a Log (song)
Information about Appalachian Culture
Bringing Mary Home (song)
Ghost stories in Appalachia
Anthropology and Ethnomusicology
See also Appalachian Culture

Every song is an artifact of a culture, representing cultural values, technologies, and values. To study songs as cultural artifacts means using literacy skills (critically reading the song text) and social studies knowledge (study of culture).

http://www.studyplace.org/wiki/Halliday_Register_Variations

See also Academic and Non-academic Language in the Classroom
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5. What connections do you see between the song and the other information provided on the various websites? What differences are there--where might there be conflicts between the song and the other information?
6. In what ways does the song represent the culture specifically? In what ways does it represent the human condition in general?
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Dream of the Miner's Child
http://bluegrasslyrics.com/all_song.cfm-recordID=s16642.htm
http://www.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/richardsondream1266.html

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Coal-related websites to explore:

http://www.virginiaplaces.org/geology/coal.html
http://thepumphandle.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/costs-and-benefits-of-appalachian-coal/
http://www.asph.org/fridayletter/article_view.cfm?fl_index=1575&fle_index=10155
http://www.nvcc.edu/home/cbentley/geoblog/2007/12/appalachian-coal-mining.html
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Wreck of the Old 97
http://bluegrasslyrics.com/all_song.cfm-recordID=j100.htm


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Wreck of the Old 97 websites:
http://www.thomashartbenton.com/Pages/Wreck_of_the_ol'_97.htm
This is a print by Thomas Hart Benton depicting the Wreck of the Old 97; one copy of this print is in Capital University's Schumacher Gallery.
http://lol2.homestead.com/old97.html
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Rabbit in a Log
http://toneway.com/songs/rabbit-in-the-log
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http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0310443/Appalachian%20Culture.htm
http://www.appalachianvisitorcenter.com/Appalachian_Culture.html
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Bringing Mary Home
http://www.bluegrasslyrics.com/all_song.cfm-recordID=s86448.htm


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http://www.prairieghosts.com/hauntky.html
http://www.appalachianghostwalks.com/ghoststories/harrimanghosts.html
http://www.wvspectralheritage.com/id15.html
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Anthropology and ethnomusicology sites:
http://www.cyberpursuits.com/anthro/music.asp
http://vlib.anthrotech.com/
http://www.aaanet.org/
http://anthropology.net/
http://webdb.iu.edu/sem/scripts/home.cfm
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