Dr. Peter Narvaez

Dr. Peter Narváez
Honorary Research Professor
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X8
Phone: 709-864-8402

Dr. Peter Narváez is a folklorist, ethnomusicologist and musician with research interests in vernacular music, traditional song, blues, jazz, African-American folklore, Newfoundland folklore, popular culture, folklore and media, folk custom and belief, and occupational folklife. His many articles have appeared in a wide variety of folklore and behavioral science journals and he has edited three major collections of essays: Media Sense: The Folklore-Popular Culture Continuum (with Martin Laba,1986); The Good People: New Fairylore Essays (1991, 1997); and Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture (2003).

Dr. Narváez is past president of both the Folklore Studies Association of Canada and the Association for the Study of Canadian Radio and Television. He is presently audio-visual editor for Ethnologies, as well as past sound recordings review editor for the Journal of American Folklore. In 2002, with Pauline Greenhill, he edited a special Canadian issue of that periodical.

In 2006 Peter was honoured to receive the Marius Barbeau Medal from the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (FSAC)/L'Association canadienne d'ethnologie et de folklore (ACEF), a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his contributions to Canadian folklore studies. Additionally, a special issue of the Association's journal, Ethnologies (30.2, 2008), was edited in honour of his work by Pauline Greenhill, Diane Tye, and Holly Everett, and contributed to by former students and colleagues.

In 2003 his CD of original blues, Some Good Blues, earned him nominations for “blues artist of the year” from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MIA) and the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA). He also founded a website for Newfoundland and Labrador blues musicians http://www.rowdyblues.com

Brief CV

Peter's page at Rowdyblues.com

Special issue of Ethnologies

Videos of Peter performing on Out of the Fog (Rogers TV)


Department of Folklore

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000