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Foodways Friday: Cumin Pork


Tian Yali brought this dish to the 2014 Folklife Festival from Tongchuan City in Yijun County, Shaanxi Province.  A versatileRead More

August 22, 2014   No Comments

Scenes from Roosevelt’s East African Expedition


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was not the Smithsonian Institution’s first work in Kenya. In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt’s African expedition collectedRead More

August 20, 2014   No Comments

Cultural Tradition Meets Economic Difficulties: A Reflection on Sustaining Miao Embroidery


The China program at the 2014 Folklife Festival provided so much to see—even for a native Chinese person like myself.Read More

August 19, 2014   No Comments

Musical Instruments of the Dimen Dong


At the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, musician Qianchun Wu from the Dimen Dong Folk Chorus explains the stringed instruments commonRead More

August 18, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Mukimo


This urban dish is brought to us from Nairobi, Kenya, by Alice Odour.  Alice explained that in the last fewRead More

August 15, 2014   No Comments

Jiànzi: Making Friends with Your Feet


During the first few weeks of my internship with the 2014 Folklife Festival’s China program, my lack of fluency inRead More

August 14, 2014   No Comments

Theodore Roosevelt in Kenya


Before there was a Folklife Festival, before the Smithsonian research centers spanned from New York to Belize, and before presidentsRead More

August 13, 2014   No Comments

Producing Ethnicity: The Ethics of Showcasing Culture


The 2014 Folklife Festival has come to a close, but there are still ways to experience it. All discussion sessionsRead More

August 12, 2014   No Comments

The Pokomo Hut: Building Tradition and Community


While walking through the grounds of the Kenya: Mambo Poa program, it was nearly impossible for visitors to ignore theRead More

August 11, 2014   No Comments

Wu Man: ‘Night Thoughts’


During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wu Man performed an original composition on the pipa entitled “Night Thoughts,” based on a work by ChineseRead More

August 10, 2014   No Comments