john h. mcdowell


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                NAME: John Holmes McDowell

     DATE OF BIRTH: September 24, 1946

     PLACE OF BIRTH: Washington, D.C.



     Folklore Institute, Indiana University

     504 N. Fess, Bloomington, IN 47401

     (812) 855-1027; 855-0390




     Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, IU

     Editor, Journal of Folklore Research Reviews (online service)




     1975   Ph.D. Anthropology (Folklore). University of Texas, Austin.         

     1969     B.A. Music. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.


Animal Tales from the Caribbean, collected by George List, co-edited and introduced with Juan Sebastián Rojas.

Special Publications of the Folklore Institute. Indiana University Press. 2017.


¡Corrido! The Living Ballad of Mexico’s Western Coast. University of New Mexico Press. 2015.


“Transitionality: The Border as Barrier and Bridge.” In Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes, edited by Roberto Cantú. Cambridge Press, 2018, pages 86-101.


“Folklore and Sociolinguistics.” Humanities 7, 9 (2018): 1-12.


“Collage of Colors: Processing Place through Fantasy Play.” Children’s Folklore Review 39 (2018): 62-91.


“‘Surfing the Tube for Latin American Song: The Blessings (and Curses) of YouTube,” Journal of American Folklore 128 (2015): 260-272.


Translated: Américo Paredes, “El Cowboy Norteamericano en el Folklore y en la Literatura” (“The North American Cowboy in Folklore and Literature”), Folklore Forum: Translations: 2014.


Inga Rimangapa Samuichi: Vengan a hablar la lengua inga. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University, 2012. (With Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy and Juan Eduardo Wolf).

“The Ballad of Narcomexico,” Journal of Folklore Research 49 (2012): 249-274.

Special Issue Editor. With His Pistol in His Hand for Fifty Years: Folklore’s Genealogies and the Intellectual Legacy of Américo Paredes. Journal of American Folklore 125 (2012).

Inga Rimangapa Samuichi: Speaking the Quechua of Colombia. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University, 2011. (With Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy and Juan Eduardo Wolf).

“Customizing Myth: The Personal in the Public.” In The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives. Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla, editors. Special Publications of the Folklore Institute, no. 8. Indiana University Press, 2011, pages 323-342.

“On Committing Kamsá to Writing: Improvisations and Collaborations,” Proceedings of the First Symposium on Teaching Indigenous Languages of Latin America; Actas del Primer Simposio sobre Enseñanza de Lenguas Indígenas de América Latina. Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, pages 10-24.

"Coaxing the Corrido: Centering Song in Performance," Journal of American Folklore 23 (2010): 129-149.

"The True Lineage of Juan Oso," Journal of Folklore Research 47 (2010): 325-349.

"Rethinking Folklorization in Ecuador: Multivocality in the Expressive Contact Zone," Western Folklore 69 (2010): 181- 210.



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