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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

Qiang Embroidery: Tradition Survives Disaster


Li Xingxiu, a participant in the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s China program, is an 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