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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

Preserving the Process and Beauty of Batik


Lian Xiaoyin is a performer with the Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group and a student of the ancient artRead More

August 9, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Jade Shumai


There are many different kinds of the small Chinese dumpling called shumai.  The variety featured in this recipe is calledRead More

August 8, 2014   No Comments

Comparing Kitchen Cultures: Backstage at Foodways


Cooking, by nature, is a deeply personal experience. Each ingredient is a cultural attribute, each method a piece of culturalRead More

August 8, 2014   No Comments

Smithsonian Summer Showdown: Vote for the Festival!


This summer, twenty-four Smithsonian museums and centers are competing to find the one object that best represents the Smithsonian—and you can helpRead More

August 7, 2014   No Comments

Pete Akwabi and John Nzenze: The Kenyan Twist


During one of the “Songs of Struggle” discussion sessions at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Kenya program, musicians Peter AkwabiRead More

August 7, 2014   No Comments