Inspired by the Black Panthers and Latin American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and formed in 1969, Las Gorras Negras (The Black Berets) were a multi-ethnic group that fought for social transformation amidst Civil Rights movements in New Mexico. In 1972, after two of its members, Antonio Córdova and Rito Canales, … Continue reading A Corrido of Struggle: Remembering Roberto Martínez and the Black Berets through “El Corrido de Córdova y Canales”
This Friday, March 8, 2013, marks International Women’s Day, first celebrated in the United States in 1909 and now observed worldwide as a day of advocacy and celebration of accomplishments in the women’s rights movement. While great strides have been made in many countries and communities around the world for … Continue reading Celebrate International Women’s Day: Take Action!
After listening to the band Quetzal’s album Imaginaries (Smithsonian Folkways, 2012), it comes as no surprise that they have been nominated for a GRAMMY; the combination of superb song writing, a diversity of influences, and flawless execution is impressive. However, what never ceases to amaze me is the breadth of … Continue reading Quetzal: On Their Own Terms
Longtime Festival volunteer Robert Scow shares this 26-minute video he produced of Jon Vrana’s interpretation of Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 program. Senator Justin Morrill was a U.S. congressman and senator from Vermont. In … Continue reading Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Festival
The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival paid tribute to the late Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” with a day of special concerts and discussions. Here we present the entire panel discussion, “The Musical Life of Chuck Brown,” in which his band members shared their experiences of playing with the man … Continue reading The Musical Life of Chuck Brown
When The Names Project Foundation came to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage conference room in Spring 2011 to discuss a Smithsonian Folklife Festival program about The AIDS Memorial Quilt, I asked if the program would include making new 3’ x 6’ panels to commemorate Smithsonian Institution colleagues and … Continue reading “Outing” Our Humanity: A Personal-Professional Reflection on the 2012 Creativity and Crisis Folklife Festival
The Women’s Collective was founded in 1993 by Patricia Nalls as a safe place for women and girls living with HIV/AIDS and their families to find care, support, and community. This story was filmed at the Center during a 2012 “Call My Name” quilting workshop conducted by The NAMES Project … Continue reading Women Making a Difference: The Women’s Collective, pt. 2