The most prominent aspects of public culture representing New Orleanians are found in the realms of work, particularly the building arts, and play, especially music and celebratory occasions. A discussion of “The Basin Street Blues.”
“Rebuilding the “Land of Dreams”: Expressive Culture and New Orleans’ Authentic Future,” a presentation by Nick Spitzer
Published on August 29, 2006
Folklorist Nick Spitzer, host of Public Radio International’s American Routes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans musicians and craftspeople and argues for their central role in rebuilding the city. He considers a repertory of New Orleans music filled with references to the city’s geography and past natural disasters, illustrating how contemporary musicians revisit and revise tradition.