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Live from Oakland: The Sounds of California

In addition to Basque: Innovation in Culture, the 2016 Folklife Festival will feature a second program on Sounds of California. A concert series, the program is part of a broader research and community engagement initiative exploring music and soundscapes as vital expressions of collective experience … Continue reading Live from Oakland: The Sounds of California

Basque Recipe: Pimientos Rellenos

Editor’s note: This recipe for Basque-style meat-stuffed peppers appeared in the 1991 Smithsonian Institution Press publication Smithsonian Folklife Cookbook, compiled by Katherine and Thomas Kirlin. The recipe was submitted by Maria Luisa Vidasolo de Lamikiz for the Old Ways in the New World program at the 1976 Folklife Festival. … Continue reading Basque Recipe: Pimientos Rellenos

Fieldwork Experiences: Preparing for the Festival in Basque Country

This month I returned from a fieldwork trip to Basque Country with co-curator Mary Linn to prepare for the 2016 Folklife Festival, and my head is filled with new knowledge and experiences of what it means to be Basque. However, I also gained insight to how … Continue reading Fieldwork Experiences: Preparing for the Festival in Basque Country

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Syncretic, Not Synthetic: The Crafts of Peru

sound►culture is a Folklife Festival podcast series featuring stories, songs, and fieldwork gathered on the National Mall and around the world. Long before the Perú: Pachamama artisans flew thousands of miles to grace the National Mall, Spanish colonists sailed thousands of miles to find indigenous … Continue reading sound►culture
Syncretic, Not Synthetic: The Crafts of Peru

Tutuma’s Final Festival Performance

Members of the Afro-Peruvian group Tutuma use traditional songs and zapateo dance to continue the work of their father, Amador Ballumbrosio (the “godfather of Afro-Peruvian music”). Through their performance, Tutuma spreads knowledge of their ancestors: enslaved Africans in Peru during Spanish colonization. Tutuma helped bring … Continue reading Tutuma’s Final Festival Performance

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