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2012 Festival Blog - Creativity and Crisis

Cloth and Bead Children: Unpacking the Orphan Tower


Among the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s numerous attractions, perhaps the most globally germane exhibition was the Common Threads tent inRead More

July 10, 2012   1 Comment

This Is Part Of Our Family History


 By Stephanie Laster, 4 July 2012, as told to Patricia Wakida  “It all began when my uncle’s wife fell sick, but she toldRead More

July 9, 2012   4 Comments

Photos From Our Festival Vistors: Flickr Gallery #10


Today we bring you our final daily Flickr gallery of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Take a look! It’s been aRead More

July 9, 2012   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: July 8, 2012


The final day of the Festival! Thank you to all the staff, interns, volunteers, organizational partners, participants, and visitors. WeRead More

July 8, 2012   No Comments

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #9


Today we bring you our 9th fabulous Flickr Gallery of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Check it out! This isRead More

July 8, 2012   No Comments

Beneath the HIVe: Unifying at the Quilting Bee


On the far edge of the Festival, a wide white tent shelters those deeply immersed in their work, stitching memoriesRead More

July 8, 2012   No Comments

Festival Photo Daily Dozen: July 7, 2012


The mercury reached 105 degrees today; and still, we witnessed some awesome feats at the Festival. A cadre of tirelessRead More

July 7, 2012   No Comments

Sing the Body Electric


A hand-drawn outline of a South African woman’s body, words and symbols adorning the illustration. Written wishes and prayers undulatingRead More

July 7, 2012   No Comments

Photos From Our Festival Visitors: Flickr Gallery #8


Today we bring you our 8th fabulous Flickr gallery of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Take a look! We’ve gotRead More

July 7, 2012   No Comments

Through Positive Eyes


The photograph depicts a scene that could easily be ignored as mundane or ordinary. Through the image, we are invitedRead More

July 6, 2012   No Comments