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    Official Start

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    Submission Deadline

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    Winners Announced

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    ePals Choice Winner Announced


  • Preview the Challenge Review the folklorist process, watch the videos and check the scoring guide to know what’s expected.
  • Plan Your Time: Make a schedule to complete each step and meet the deadline.
  • Join the Discussion: Talk to other junior folklorists around the globe and follow an expert folklorist sharing a tradition bearer’s story.


  • Fieldwork: Interview your tradition bearer and collect photos, video and/or audio. Use the Fieldwork Notebook and Interview Guide to plan and document the process.
  • Prepare Submission: Tell the tradition bearer’s story in under 7 minutes through a video, slideshow or podcast presentation.


  • Review Your Entry: Ask your tradition bearer as well as a friend, teacher or parent to view your entry and provide feedback.
  • Check the guidelines, scoring guide and the submission checklist to make sure your entry is awesome.

Expert Voice

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    What is a Folklorist?

    Hello! Who knows what a folklorist does? I do! I’m Jim and I have traveled around the world in my job as a folklorist. Watch this short video to get ready for the Challenge. Use the space below to chat with me. I’d love to help you with the Challenge and answer any questions you […]

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Students Speak

  • Ask

    Running into speedbumps as a junior folklorist? No worries! Post your questions here to get help from each other and our Junior Folklorist Ambassadors from Smithsonian Institution.

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  • Share

    Share your experience with other Junior Folklorists! Tell about the tradition you chose and your tradition bearer. Share your best interview questions and fieldwork experiences.

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