Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Stone Carving from Basque Country to the Smithsonian Castle

“What a beautiful building! As I told you, the world is a curious place.” Bernat Vidal sent me this response after I emailed him a photograph of the Smithsonian Castle, the institution’s iconic red brick building on the National Mall. A well-known stone carver from … Continue reading Stone Carving from Basque Country to the Smithsonian Castle

Live from Oakland: The Sounds of California

In addition to Basque: Innovation in Culture, the 2016 Folklife Festival will feature a second program on Sounds of California. A concert series, the program is part of a broader research and community engagement initiative exploring music and soundscapes as vital expressions of collective experience … Continue reading Live from Oakland: The Sounds of California

Basque Recipe: Pimientos Rellenos

Editor’s note: This recipe for Basque-style meat-stuffed peppers appeared in the 1991 Smithsonian Institution Press publication Smithsonian Folklife Cookbook, compiled by Katherine and Thomas Kirlin. The recipe was submitted by Maria Luisa Vidasolo de Lamikiz for the Old Ways in the New World program at the 1976 Folklife Festival. … Continue reading Basque Recipe: Pimientos Rellenos

Fieldwork Experiences: Preparing for the Festival in Basque Country

This month I returned from a fieldwork trip to Basque Country with co-curator Mary Linn to prepare for the 2016 Folklife Festival, and my head is filled with new knowledge and experiences of what it means to be Basque. However, I also gained insight to how … Continue reading Fieldwork Experiences: Preparing for the Festival in Basque Country

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