Making Life Richer: The Importance of Sharing Culture

My time as an intern this summer was spent exploring the Smithsonian Folklife Festival through the lens of a camera: the traditional Mixteco masks and chivarras, the joyous shouts and whistles of the Basque dancers, the jubilant cheers at the end of an evening concert. … Continue reading Making Life Richer: The Importance of Sharing Culture

Clay-Covered Memories:
Master Potter Blanka Gomez de Segura

During the Folklife Festival, I found myself repeatedly drawn to the Basque pottery tent where ceramicist Blanka Gomez de Segura worked through each day on her wheel. I was hypnotized as she appeared to effortlessly guide mounds of red clay into shapely bowls, plates, pitchers, and vases. … Continue reading Clay-Covered Memories:
Master Potter Blanka Gomez de Segura

A Thousand Things Connected:
FandangObon at the Festival

It was the Fourth of July, and it was raining. Martha González, lead singer and songwriter of GRAMMY-winning band Quetzal, had just finished performing in a lively FandangObon performance at the 2016 Folklife Festival. During our interview, she said that she recognized us as audience … Continue reading A Thousand Things Connected:
FandangObon at the Festival

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