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Podcast: Missing Voices — The Need for Ethnic Media

Missing Voices: The Need for Ethnic Media Download MP3 What is ethnic media and why is it relevant today? In this podcast entitled “Missing Voices: The Need for Ethnic Media,” several figures active in ethnic media discuss its fundamental importance to societies across the world. Tabu Osusa works with marginalized … Continue reading Podcast: Missing Voices — The Need for Ethnic Media

Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce

This fish dish from the Kenyan island of Lamu is usually made for some kind of special occasion such as a wedding, but it is also especially popular during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, those who observe the Islamic holiday fast from sunup to sundown. I the morning before dawn, a small light … Continue reading Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce

Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures

In 1965, at age 21, Kenyan artist Elkana Ong’esa sold one of his earliest sculptures to an American student doing research in Kisii. Almost fifty years later, the two met by chance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Videography: Albert Tong, Andrea Curran, David Barnes Editing: … Continue reading Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures