Editor’s note: International Mother Language Day, established by UNESCO in 1999, is celebrated annually on February 21 to promote cultural diversity through language. In honor of this day, we asked Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians council member and 2013 Folklife Festival participant Bud Lane to share the importance of sustaining … Continue reading Keeping Our Words Alive
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage partnered with ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s digital media studio for teens, to help document the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A group of students produced three videos (embedded in the article below), and team member Alexis Woodyard wrote this reflection on … Continue reading Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective
Have you noticed the black and white patterned squares on signs and advertisements, offering more information? These are quick response (QR) codes! First created for use in the auto industry in the mid-1990s as a more effective alternative to traditional barcodes, QR codes have been used in different ways over … Continue reading QR Codes in Cultural Education: Are They Worth It?
The Kallawaya people, who make their home high in the Bolivian Andes, developed intricate systems of traditional medicinal practices and belief. These practices, steeped in a specialized vocabulary, help keep the Kallawaya language alive. At the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Kallawaya participants involved the audience in a ritual blessing for … Continue reading Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony
I’m approaching the day when I must leave school and make my way in the world; as a graduate student, I’ve been asking myself on a daily basis, “What am I going to do now that I’ve grown up?” Because I’ve been a student since age six, the prospect of … Continue reading Exploring Endangered Languages
Countless times throughout the Festival as I walked through the One World, Many Voices site, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of how fortunate I was to have the opportunity to intern and work with such an amazing program. For those two weeks on the National Mall, I … Continue reading Intangible Cultural Heritage, Within Reach
When Marjorie Hunt, co-curator of this past summer’s One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program, informed me that she was using Welsh as a case study, and she would like me to present the Welsh participants, I was beyond thrilled. I could finally pay Marjorie back for … Continue reading The Return of the Welsh—Presenting at One World, Many Voices