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2012 Festival Video

Sounds of Nature in Music


During a “cross-program” presentation at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants demonstrated the influence of nature on their musical traditions.Read More

July 12, 2013   No Comments

A Corrido of Struggle: Remembering Roberto Martínez and the Black Berets through “El Corrido de Córdova y Canales”


Inspired by the Black Panthers and Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and formed in 1969, Las Gorras Negras (TheRead More

March 16, 2013   1 Comment

Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Festival


Longtime Festival volunteer Robert Scow shares this 26-minute video he produced of Jon Vrana’s interpretation of Senator Justin Morrill atRead More

January 3, 2013   No Comments

Remembering Senator Daniel K. Inouye


As members of the public pay their last respects to Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the Center for Folklife and CulturalRead More

December 20, 2012   3 Comments

Hula: Preserving Native Hawaiian Language and Culture


UNUKUPUKUPU is the name of the rigorous hula curricula of Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō at Hawai‘i Community College, University of Hawai‘iRead More

December 12, 2012   2 Comments

The Musical Life of Chuck Brown


The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day ofRead More

December 3, 2012   No Comments

Women Making a Difference: The Women’s Collective, pt. 2


The Women’s Collective was founded in 1993 by Patricia Nalls as a safe place for women and girls living withRead More

November 27, 2012   No Comments

Call My Name: The Quilt at the Women’s Collective, D.C.


On March 3, 2012, a team from The NAMES Project Foundation came to The Women’s Collective in Washington, D.C., toRead More

November 6, 2012   1 Comment

Ellie Mannette: Father of the Modern Steel Drum


Ellie Mannette, born in Trinidad in 1927, is considered “the father of the modern steel drum.”  He is the director ofRead More

October 10, 2012   1 Comment

Gert McMullin: The Power of The Quilt


Gert McMullin, one of the original volunteers with The AIDS Memorial Quilt, reflects on her experiences during the early stagesRead More

October 3, 2012   5 Comments