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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

Little Humans, Big Spirits: Crafts and Connections in the Kenya Family Activities Tent


“I have to go show the flip-flop guys! They’re going to be so proud, right?” It was day five ofRead More

August 6, 2014   No Comments

Reviving a Culture with Qiang Folksongs


In February of this year, China program coordinator Jing Li visited Songpan County in Sichuan Province to talk with ZewangRead More

August 5, 2014   No Comments

How to Build Your Own Recycled Glass Shed


If you visited the 2014 Folklife Festival, you may have noticed a wacky construction in the Kenya program area withRead More

August 4, 2014   No Comments

To the Beat of the Beads: Kenyan Beadwork Traditions


The Kenya: Mambo Poa program at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival invited two bead artists from Kenya: Susana Daniel Chemakwany andRead More

August 1, 2014   No Comments