Colombia

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

Connecting Global Communities through Meaningful Cultural Interactions: Reflections on the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival from a Presenter’s Perspective

After having seen, heard, touched, tasted, talked, felt, danced, lived and breathed the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival for two weeks, it is nearly impossible to articulate in words how profoundly this unique event has impacted me. Through my eyes, our program Colombia: The Nature of Culture not only generated a … Continue reading Connecting Global Communities through Meaningful Cultural Interactions: Reflections on the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival from a Presenter’s Perspective

Colombia Folklife Festival Program Travels Home

On Dec 7, 2011, Folklife Center staff Olivia Cadaval and Cristina Díaz-Carrera travelled to Bogotá, Colombia, to attend the first three days of the restaging of the Colombia: The Nature of Culture program. This reiteration of last summer’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival program was presented at Bogotá’s annual Expo Artesanías. It … Continue reading Colombia Folklife Festival Program Travels Home