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Painting Peru: Cultural Identity in Murals


In developing the PerĂº: Pachamama program, the curatorial team crisscrossed the country, from the urban scenes of Lima and IquitosRead More

April 14, 2015   No Comments

Holy Week Celebrations in Carumas


Since time immemorial, the Peruvian town of Carumas, set deep in the Ticsani valley in the Moquegua Region, has beenRead More

April 4, 2015   No Comments

Peru by Mototaxi


My wife recently had to visit a school in a community in the Peruvian department of Loreto. She left IquitosRead More

March 23, 2015   No Comments

Horsing Around: A Visit to a Peruvian Paso Ranch in Virginia


Despite growing up on a farm, I never thought I would need that knowledge for an academic career in anthropology,Read More

March 13, 2015   No Comments

Cultural Landscapes Shaping the Peru Program


The Peru program for the 2015 Folklife Festival has taken a more definite shape since we returned from our secondRead More

March 1, 2015   No Comments

On Ink, Tradition, and the Handwritten Word:
Learning Chinese Calligraphy


I started taking calligraphy classes in 1997 at a local museum in Nanjing dedicated to a renowned modern calligrapher LinRead More

February 26, 2015   No Comments

Lunar New Year in South Korea


Editor’s note: At the 2014 Folklife Festival, we featured artwork, craft activities, and cooking demonstrations based on Chinese New YearRead More

February 19, 2015   No Comments

Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall


For almost fifty years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has connected visitors with artists from around the world. Within each program,Read More

February 2, 2015   No Comments

The Medicinal Garden Exhibition


Being in Washington, D.C., is very exciting for me, especially when it involves an internship at the Center for FolklifeRead More

January 30, 2015   No Comments

Chinese Paper Cutting


Gao Fenglian, deeply affected by her family traditions, has loved paper cutting since she was a little girl. She feelsRead More

December 16, 2014   No Comments