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Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2012 Festival Blog

UNUKUPUKUPU in performance


UNUKUPUKUPU is a rigorous didactic and experiential hula curricula that teaches students to better understand their place in the communityRead More

July 24, 2012   1 Comment

More Quilt Magic


Gert McMullin and Jada Harris of The NAMES Project Foundation share stories of “Quilt Magic,” the serendipity that surrounds TheRead More

July 24, 2012   No Comments

South African Gumboot from the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers


The Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a dance company from the D.C. area, show off powerful footwork that sound out traditionalRead More

July 23, 2012   No Comments

Meet the Taratibu Youth Association Steppers


The Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a dance company composed of twenty-one young women, create powerful rhythms with their precise footworkRead More

July 23, 2012   1 Comment

Living Light: The University of Tennessee Solar-Powered House


The University of Tennessee brought to the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival a prototype home powered entirely by solar energy calledRead More

July 20, 2012   No Comments

La Sardina de Naiguatá: The Music of Carnaval


Formed over fifty years ago on the Venezuelan coast, La Sardina de Naiguatá performs the music of Carnaval. At theRead More

July 18, 2012   No Comments

Dr. Scott Willard, Mississippi State University


Mississippi State University is a leader in the use of technology and public outreach to illuminate advancements in animal health.Read More

July 18, 2012   No Comments

Texas A&M Water Filter Project


Many rural communities in Texas, the Caribbean, and South America lack access to safe drinking water. The Texas A&M UniversityRead More

July 18, 2012   2 Comments

Rising Star Fife & Drum Band


In founding the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Othar Turner revitalized a style of country blues music integral toRead More

July 17, 2012   1 Comment

Sweet Heaven Kings: The Sounds of Sunday Morning


The Sweet Heaven Kings, an exhilarating brass ensemble, is made up of members of the United House of Prayer forRead More

July 16, 2012   1 Comment