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Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures

In 1965, at age 21, Kenyan artist Elkana Ong’esa sold one of his earliest sculptures to an American student doing research in Kisii. Almost fifty years later, the two met by chance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Videography: Albert Tong, Andrea Curran, David Barnes Editing: … Continue reading Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures

Scenes from Roosevelt’s East African Expedition

The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival was not the Smithsonian Institution’s first work in Kenya. In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt’s African expedition collected thousands of plant and animal specimens, along with important cultural artifacts. Kenya: Mambo Poa curator Preston Scott tells us more. To read more of the story and see more photos from the expedition, … Continue reading Scenes from Roosevelt’s East African Expedition

Cultural Tradition Meets Economic Difficulties: A Reflection on Sustaining Miao Embroidery

The China program at the 2014 Folklife Festival provided so much to see—even for a native Chinese person like myself. And as a graduate student specializing in international development policy, I am especially interested in the economic opportunities and challenges that traditional artisans face, given the fast pace of urbanization … Continue reading Cultural Tradition Meets Economic Difficulties: A Reflection on Sustaining Miao Embroidery

Musical Instruments of the Dimen Dong

At the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, musician Qianchun Wu from the Dimen Dong Folk Chorus explains the stringed instruments common in their region of Guizhou Province, China. At the Dimen Dong Cultural Eco-Museum, elders carry on their cultural heritage by teaching children in the village to play these instruments and … Continue reading Musical Instruments of the Dimen Dong

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