2011 Folklife Festival

Educating Deaf Communities in Peace Corps Kenya

Peace Corps Kenya began in 1964 and remains one of the oldest Peace Corps programs in Africa. Over six thousand Peace Corps Volunteers have served the people of Kenya in meeting its development goals by providing expertise and training in various disciplines. In 1992, the deaf education sector was initiated … Continue reading Educating Deaf Communities in Peace Corps Kenya

Abel Rodríguez, Amazonian Basket Weaver

Abel Rodríguez, an indigenous Muinane, demonstrates the art of basket weaving which he learned from his father while growing up in the Colombian Amazon. He now lives in Bogota and works to preserve the material culture and traditional customs of his people. This video was recorded at the 2011 Smithsonian … Continue reading Abel Rodríguez, Amazonian Basket Weaver

Remembering Elkin de Jesús Meneses Rojo

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is very saddened to learn of the recent passing of musician Elkin de Jesús Meneses Rojo, a participant in the Colombia: The Nature of Culture program at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Later this summer, the program will be restaged in Cali, Colombia, on the … Continue reading Remembering Elkin de Jesús Meneses Rojo

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia

In early December, Cristina Díaz-Carrera and I eagerly travelled to Bogotá to witness and enjoy the re-staging of the Colombia: The Nature of Culture 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival program, which formed part of the renown Expo Artesanías Fair held annually at the Corferias Exposition Center. In our earlier conversations with … Continue reading The Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia