The Arrow-weeds: Environmentalists, Activists, and Artists

Gold mines and wind turbines are no match for Helena and Preston Arrow-weed. Environmentalists, activists, educators—the Arrow-weeds are a force. They protect the sacred sites and desert ecosystem of their ancestral lands, the lower Colorado River region, through successfully protesting the creation of mines and turbines. … Continue reading The Arrow-weeds: Environmentalists, Activists, and Artists

The Evolving Choreography of Aukeran

At the 2016 Folklife Festival, I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting Aukeran, a Basque dance company from Donostia-San Sebastian that performs contemporary pieces inspired by traditional Basque styles. Although they uphold traditional elements throughout their choreography and costumes, they build upon those to innovate new, creative, … Continue reading The Evolving Choreography of Aukeran

John Santos Sextet & Bobi Céspedes: “Historia de un Amor”

Representing the Sounds of California and the Latin jazz of the San Francisco Bay Area, the John Santos Sextet with vocalist Bobi Céspedes took the Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage on July 9 at the 2016 Folklife Festival. In the song “Historia de un Amor,” written by Panamanian … Continue reading John Santos Sextet & Bobi Céspedes: “Historia de un Amor”

Citizens on the Move: A Naturalization Story

Editor’s note: On the Move at the 2016 Folklife Festival hosted two sessions with representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a naturalization quiz bowl and discussion on naturalization experiences. Mariela Melero from USCIS sent us her own story of naturalization. During the Smithsonian … Continue reading Citizens on the Move: A Naturalization Story

Cooking with Creativity: Basque Tradition and Innovation in Food

Traditional food tells a sensory history of Basque country that is unique and integral to the culture. Family recipes are persevered and passed down through the generations. In true “Innovation by Culture” fashion, two Basque chefs, Igor Ozamiz Goiriena and Igor Cantabrana, balance traditional recipes … Continue reading Cooking with Creativity: Basque Tradition and Innovation in Food

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