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2011 Festival Blog - Peace Corps

Malian Bogolan Online Exhibition


We have just added an online exhibition about Malian Bogolan (mud cloth) to the website of the Center for FolklifeRead More

September 9, 2011   2 Comments

Festival Audio – Conversation: “What Peace Corps Volunteers Do”


This installment of Festival Audio features a conversation with two returned Peace Corps volunteers: Jimmy Schneidewind, who served in MozambiqueRead More

July 22, 2011   1 Comment

Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine


The Opika Performance Group from Perechyn, Ukraine, reconnects local orphaned children with their region’s culture and heritage through performances ofRead More

July 19, 2011   No Comments

Frances Parsons, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Deaf Educator


In her work with the Peace Corps, Frances Parsons has worked to promote communications for deaf people in communities aroundRead More

July 15, 2011   1 Comment

John Garamendi on his Peace Corps Experience in Ethiopia


Congressman John Garamendi and his wife were both Peace Corps volunteers in the late 1960s. In this video of aRead More

July 14, 2011   No Comments

Top Ten Images From Our Visitors, Day Ten


Here are the top ten photos posted on Flickr from day ten of the Festival. While the 2011 Festival isRead More

July 14, 2011   No Comments

Top Ten Images From Our Visitors, Day Nine


Here are theof the Festival. While the 2011 Festival is now over, we hope you’ll keep  uploading those gorgeous imagesRead More

July 14, 2011   No Comments

Bringing Light to West Africa


As Rahama Wright embarked on a two year Peace Corps assignment in Mali, she had every intention of seizing theRead More

July 13, 2011   No Comments

Blisters for Butter: Reflecting on my Experiences at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival


Before my volunteer experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, I had reservations regarding the effectiveness of the event. When theRead More

July 13, 2011   2 Comments

Painting Malian Textiles on the Fourth of July


Bògòlanfini is a textile traditionally made by Bamana people in Mali, on cloth woven by men, painted by women andRead More

July 12, 2011   No Comments