Hungarian Heritage Craftspeople

The 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured Hungarian Heritage: Roots To Revival as one of its three programs. The Festival drew hundreds of thousands of visitors in ten days. Over one hundred Hungarian participants shared their lives and culture with the public. In this video, Hungarian craftspeople demonstrate their unique expertise.

Videography by Charles Weber, Kylie Shryock, David Barnes, Pruitt Allen, and Karen Kasmauski
Edited by Jillian Reagan and Sara Legg

  • Peter

    Thank you for this place where to leave a comment.
    First, this Hungarian Heritage festival presents cultural elements from areas other than those Hungarians, but they claim that they belong to Hungarian cultral heritage.
    More precisely, they present some cultural elements of the areas that they invaded throughout history. As they claimed, throughout history, that the invaded territories of other peoples belong to them, in the same way they claim that the cultural elements of those peoples invaded by them throughout history belong to them. What a lack of truth!
    Americans, please read any decent encyclopedia, because you will find there more valuable information.

    E.g.: Transylvania, which is part of Romania, was inhabited mainly by Romanian ethnicity until it was invaded by the Hungarian kingdom around the 10th-11th century. After the invasion, the most numerous ethnicity was Romanian. This is the first proof that Transylvania was an invaded territory.
    To whom belonged Transylvania before its invasion in 10th-11th century by the Hungarian kingdom?
    To whom belonged any territory before the Magyars arrived in Europe?
    It is not correct that certain Hungarian persons (not all, though) distort the history and culture of another ethnicity (i.e. Romanian) by identifying themselves with the cultural and historical elements of that ethnicity.

    • Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      The Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival highlighted the skills and traditions of approximately 100 participants–not only from Hungary, but also from neighboring Romania and Serbia, as well as from the United States. The Festival program made clear that Hungarian cultural heritage is extraordinarily rich and diverse, and frequently transcends present-day national boundaries.