Saltzman, 54, knows that in these lean times it might set off some anti-government rant about her position in the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs: "Our taxes are going to this?" (In fact, in earlier tough times the state folklorist position was eliminated). In Storm Lake, I met with a Tai Dam person who plays a three-string instrument and a Latino who organizes an Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration; in Correctionville, I met with rug weavers who cut up old clothes to make rugs, a rural family "make-do" geographical lifestyle; in Sioux City, I met with a rosemaler (Norwegian folk painting) and a man who came to Iowa not to work in a plant but to be a musician - a second-generation mariachi.
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