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2010 Festival Video

Washington Toho Koto Society

The Washington Toho Koto Society, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, promotes the understanding and appreciation of Japanese kotoRead More


Bhangra/Giddha Dance, Sikh and Punjabi American Dancers

Punjabi Americans and Sikhs performing Bhangra/Giddha dance which was part of presentations by Guru Gobind Singh Foundation to create awarenessRead More


Rebecca Andina, Korean American Adoptee

Rebecca Andina was born in Korea in the seventies and adopted by an American family. She discusses growing up AsianRead More


Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, Chinese Zither

The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, a nonprofit organization, performs with the gu-zheng (Chinese zither). 


Wixárika Healing Ceremonies

The religious life of the Wixárika people is tied to both the agricultural calendar and to mystical practices. Here, AlejandroRead More


2010 Festival Introduction

Introduction to the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and overview of Festival history. 


Inside the Smithsonian Channel Documentary about the Hope Diamond

Charles Poe and David Royle, executives for the Smithsonian Channel, allow a Festival audience inside their new production on theRead More


Performances by Mongolian and Republic of Fiji Islands Participants

Mongolian Americans demonstrated aspects of the traditional three-day Naadam Festival during the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The celebration includes competitionsRead More


Korean Calligraphy, Bhangra/Ghiddha Dance, and Koto Music

Kwon Myoung-Won is a Korean American calligrapher. Kwon demonstrated his skills by creating a 150-foot-long scroll.  


Grupo de Fandango de Artesa Los Quilamos, Music and Dance from Oaxaca

Grupo de Fandango de Artesa Los Quilamos come from the southern coastal region of Oaxaca. The music and dance theyRead More