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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

Podcast: Producing Ethnicity — The Ethics of Showcasing Culture

Producing Ethnicity: The Ethics of Showcasing a Culture Download MP3 The 2014 Folklife Festival has come to a close, but there are still ways to experience it. All discussion sessions from both the China and Kenya programs are archived in either audio or video format. This audio podcast is a … Continue reading Podcast: Producing Ethnicity — The Ethics of Showcasing Culture

The Pokomo Hut: Building Tradition and Community

While walking through the grounds of the Kenya: Mambo Poa program, it was nearly impossible for visitors to ignore the large grassy dome structure that came to life as the 2014 Folklife Festival progressed. Visitors flocked to stare in awe as Kenyan participants Malika Badiribu and Salma Maro constructed a … Continue reading The Pokomo Hut: Building Tradition and Community

Wu Man: ‘Night Thoughts’

During the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wu Man performed an original composition on the pipa entitled “Night Thoughts,” based on a work by Chinese poet Li Bo. She was accompanied by percussionist Haruka Fujii. “A Quiet Night Thought” In front of my bed, there is a bright moonlight. It appears to be frost on … Continue reading Wu Man: ‘Night Thoughts’

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