One World, Many Voices

Keeping Our Words Alive

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

Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective

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

Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony

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

The Return of the Welsh—Presenting at One World, Many Voices

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

Why Language Matters

International participants of the One World, Many Voices program discuss their experiences with federal, state, and community language policies. The politics of power relations, historical context, and education were common themes throughout the panel, which was made up of representatives from Colombia, Wales, Oregon, Hawaii, and the Garifuna diaspora. Videography … Continue reading Why Language Matters