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Mongolian Worship Song by Ih Tsetsn


The Inner Mongolian ensemble Ih Tsetsn won over crowds at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival with their complex harmonies andRead More

July 31, 2014   No Comments

Sole-Searching: The Dolphin in the Trash Can


Three and a half weeks after the Folklife Festival, there are still a few pieces to pick up. Participants settledRead More

July 30, 2014   No Comments

Qiang Embroidery: Tradition Survives Disaster


Li Xingxiu, a participant in the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s China program, is anĀ embroiderer and textile designer and founder ofRead More

July 30, 2014   No Comments

Spotlight on a Kenyan Master Plaster Carver


Amid the bustling crowds, impromptu Maasai dances, and rhythmic benga tunes that filled the Kenya: Mambo Poa site on theRead More

July 29, 2014   No Comments

Cross-Cultural Connections at the Festival


Before beginning my internship with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, I could not have imagined what aRead More

July 28, 2014   No Comments

Songs of Struggle: Political Music and Media in Kenya


In a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival workshop, Kenyan musicians Makadem, Justo and Joseck Asikoye, and Singing Wells project advisor BillRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

Foodways Friday: Swahili Rice Bread


The ingredients for this recipe come from 2014 Festival participant Fatma Ali Busaidy, whose traditional Swahili cooking from the eastRead More

July 25, 2014   No Comments

The Man with Fifteen Faces: Secrets of the Zhejiang Wu Opera


The mysterious art of bian lian or face-changing originated in Sichuan Opera, and has long been a closely guarded secretRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments

Favorite Festival Moments from Folklife Center Staff


Even with a million things to do to ensure that the Folklife Festival goes off without a hitch, the staffRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments

Greetings from a Tai Chi Champion


During the 2014 Folklife Festival, international tai chi champion Chai Yunlong of the Beijing Sports University performed martial arts demonstrationsRead More

July 24, 2014   No Comments