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Raise the Spirits for Ancestor Amiri Baraka


For many days to come, people of all races, ethnic groups, classes, ages, ideologies, and politics will be sharing theirRead More

January 14, 2014   1 Comment

Restaging Colombia


I joined my colleagues Sojin Kim and Michael Mason on an adventure to Cali, Colombia, recently for a restaging ofRead More

December 20, 2013   2 Comments

QR Codes in Cultural Education: Are They Worth It?


Have you noticed the black and white patterned squares on signs and advertisements, offering more information? These are quick responseRead More

December 13, 2013   3 Comments

Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony


  The Kallawaya people, who make their home high in the Bolivian Andes, developed intricate systems of traditional medicinal practicesRead More

December 12, 2013   No Comments

Exploring Endangered Languages


I’m approaching the day when I must leave school and make my way in the world; as a graduate student,Read More

December 11, 2013   No Comments

The Culture of Herbal Medicine at the Green Farmacy Garden


In the spring of 2011, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage researchers visited medicinal herb specialist Dr. James DukeRead More

December 6, 2013   No Comments

Intangible Cultural Heritage, Within Reach


Countless times throughout the Festival as I walked through the One World, Many Voices site, I couldn’t help but feelRead More

September 23, 2013   2 Comments

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 meRead More

September 19, 2013   1 Comment

Gábor Miklós Szőke and His Puli Dog Sculpture


The Hungarian contemporary artist Gábor Miklós Szőke created a large-scale Puli dog sculpture for the Hungarian Heritage: Roots to RevivalRead More

September 18, 2013   No Comments

Abel Rodríguez, Amazonian Basket Weaver


Abel Rodríguez, an indigenous Muinane, demonstrates the art of basket weaving which he learned from his father while growing upRead More

September 18, 2013   No Comments