Barre Toelken

John Barre Toelken (June 15, 1935 – November 9, 2018) was an American folklorist.

Barre Toelken was born in Enfield, Massachusetts, to parents John and Sylvia Toelken. The family later moved to Springfield. He began to attend the Utah State University in 1953, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. Toelken completed a master's degree in English literature from Washington State University, followed by a doctorate from the University of Oregon. Toelken began his teaching career at the University of Oregon in 1966, and returned to Utah State in 1985. Toelken was known for his research into Navajo folklore, namely with the Yellowman family. Decades later, Toelken destroyed most of the physical records originating from his work with the Yellowman family, choosing to leave a set of cassette tapes with members of the family, not within an archive.

Over the course of his career, Toelken was president of the American Folklore Society from 1977 to 1978, and edited the ''Journal of American Folklore'' and ''Western Folklore''. The American Folklore Society granted Toelken fellowship in 1981. He received four of the association's major awards: the Américo Paredes Prize and the Chicago Folklore Prize, both in 2007, followed by the Kenneth Goldstein Award for Lifetime Academic Leadership and the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award, in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Toelken died in Logan, Utah, on November 9, 2018, aged 83. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Toelken, Barre
Published 2001
Utah State University, University Libraries

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by Toelken, Barre
Published 2003
Utah State University Press

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by Iwasaka, Michiko
Published 1994
Utah State University Press
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