Traditional Training

Molley McCurdy and Elvira Murphy

Molley McCurdy (Right) Teaching Elvira Murphy (Left) Traditional Goshute Weaving. Utah State Archives, 1991.

In every workplace, there are elements of informal culture known as folk culture. New workers become part of an occupational group through a combination of folklore and hands-on experience. While some institutions offer design or traditional trade classes, apprenticeships are a time-honored and effective means of passing on skills that provide a deeper learning experience for teacher and student alike.

Since 1989, the Utah Folk Arts Program has supported apprenticeship projects that continue transmission of traditional skills by supporting one-on-one teaching between Master Artist and an Apprentice of the same cultural group.