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2013 Festival Blog - One World, Many Voices

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

The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus Performs the Cicada Song


The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus from the Guizhou Province of China performs an excerpt of the cicada song, in whichRead More

July 25, 2013   No Comments

Libaya Baba Perform Traditional Songs in the Endangered Garifuna Language


James Lovell, a musician and educator from New York City, joins the group Libaya Baba of Los Angeles to performRead More

July 24, 2013   2 Comments

Ben Bahan and Rhonda Jennings Share Their ASL Stories


Ben Bahan, professor of American Sign Language and deaf studies at Gallaudet University, and his student Rhonda Jennings shared humorousRead More

July 23, 2013   No Comments

Hawaiian Participants Sing ‘Kaulana Nā Pua’


On the last day of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Hawaiian musician Aaron Salā and other Hawaiian festival participants joinedRead More

July 23, 2013   No Comments

Native Koro-Speaker Khandu Degio on the Tradition of Building Bamboo ‘Spirit Houses’


Koro is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh, India, with an estimated six to eight hundred speakers. KhanduRead More

July 18, 2013   1 Comment

Best of the Festival: A Gallery of Visitor Photos


Want to revisit your favorite moments of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival? We’ve put together a selection of dazzling visitorRead More

July 13, 2013   No Comments

Festival Audio: Teaching Garifuna Music and Language


A crowd favorite at the 2013 Folklife Festival was the Garifuna drumming and dance group. No matter the time ofRead More

July 12, 2013   No Comments