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2014 Festival Blog - Kenya

Foodways Friday: Swahili Chicken Curry with Coconut Rice


This recipe was taught to me at the 2014 Folklife Festival by Amina Harith Swaleh and Fatma Ali Busaidy, twoRead More

August 29, 2014   No Comments

Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures


In 1965, at age 21, Kenyan artist Elkana Ong’esa sold one of his earliest sculptures to an American student doingRead More

August 27, 2014   No Comments

Scenes from Roosevelt’s East African Expedition


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was not the Smithsonian Institution’s first work in Kenya. In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt’s African expedition collectedRead More

August 20, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Mukimo


This urban dish is brought to us from Nairobi, Kenya, by Alice Odour.  Alice explained that in the last fewRead More

August 15, 2014   No Comments

Theodore Roosevelt in Kenya


Before there was a Folklife Festival, before the Smithsonian research centers spanned from New York to Belize, and before presidentsRead More

August 13, 2014   No Comments

The Pokomo Hut: Building Tradition and Community


While walking through the grounds of the Kenya: Mambo Poa program, it was nearly impossible for visitors to ignore theRead More

August 11, 2014   No Comments

Comparing Kitchen Cultures: Backstage at Foodways


Cooking, by nature, is a deeply personal experience. Each ingredient is a cultural attribute, each method a piece of culturalRead More

August 8, 2014   No Comments

Pete Akwabi and John Nzenze: The Kenyan Twist


During one of the “Songs of Struggle” discussion sessions at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Kenya program, musicians Peter AkwabiRead More

August 7, 2014   No Comments

Little Humans, Big Spirits: Crafts and Connections in the Kenya Family Activities Tent


“I have to go show the flip-flop guys! They’re going to be so proud, right?” It was day five ofRead More

August 6, 2014   No Comments

How to Build Your Own Recycled Glass Shed


If you visited the 2014 Folklife Festival, you may have noticed a wacky construction in the Kenya program area withRead More

August 4, 2014   No Comments