Ethnographic Authenticity in Romania: Visual and Narrative Highlights of Paternity in Crafts

Constantin, Marin (Articol)

“Authenticity is one of the most recurrent themes in Romanian ethnographic literature as well as in the current vocabulary of peasant artisans. The present article basically assumes that authenticity might be investigated in a “rearward” manner, in the attempt of identifying circumstances in which a direct relationship could be established between a given craftsman – as bearer of folk traditions – and his/her artifacts. To the extent to which such “tracking” would “map” the folk-art creation and diffusion, it could presumably be approached (in ethnographic terms) as a possible quest for authenticity, in accordance with a series of functional layers in contemporary artisanship, as concerns “main”, “secondary”, and “tertiary” types of folk artwork clientele and also the “local-and-regional”, “national”, and “international” provenance of it.”

Cuvinte cheie: authenticity, crafts, Ethnography, and romania

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2015, nr. 1-2, p. 159-168