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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

Foodways Friday: Irish Soda Bread

Growing up in a poor Irish neighborhood in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the Great Depression, my grandmother on my mother’s sideRead More

August 1, 2014   No Comments

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