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2013 Festival Blog

Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune Remembered

The Will To Adorn program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival explored the identity and culture of African Americans throughRead More

August 7, 2013   No Comments

Voguing at the Ball

Earle Bannister, a Baltimore tailor, talks to presenter Althea Grey-McKenzie about the history of voguing, a dance style that originatedRead More

August 2, 2013   No Comments

What Did You Dream? Wayuu Dream Interpretation

What’s in a greeting? Instead of wishing their neighbors good morning, the Wayuu people of Colombia and Venezuela ask eachRead More

July 29, 2013   1 Comment


Passamaquoddy is a unique language spoken by the Wabanaki Indians of northern Maine, with only a few hundred native speakersRead More

July 29, 2013   No Comments

My Father and Baseball

Glenna Cooper, a graduate student at Gallaudet University, recounts how her father supported her during an early experience of discrimination.Read More

July 29, 2013   No Comments

Wedding Traditions from the Szék Region of Transylvania

One day during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a group of participants in the Hungarian Heritage program staged a weddingRead More

July 26, 2013   1 Comment

Faith and Fashion: Anthony Gaskins’ Hat Revival

Milliner Anthony Gaskins discussed the history of hats in the African American community and also displayed some of his workRead More

July 26, 2013   No Comments

Reading Bones: Kalmyk Cultural Symbolism

A process of cultural renewal and linguistic revival is taking place in Kalmykia, Russia, home to the westernmost group ofRead More

July 26, 2013   2 Comments

Wabanaki Performance

The Passamaquoddy Wabanaki Indians of northern Maine have gone to great lengths to restore and revitalize the cultural knowledge andRead More

July 26, 2013   No Comments

Bolivian Music Performance by Los Masis

The Bolivian group Los Masis have been playing traditional Andean music for more than 40 years. They are dedicated toRead More

July 25, 2013   1 Comment