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Pesqahsuwehsok


Passamaquoddy is a unique language spoken by the Wabanaki Indians of northern Maine, with only a few hundred native speakersRead More

July 29, 2013   No Comments

My Father and Baseball


Glenna Cooper, a graduate student at Gallaudet University, recounts how her father supported her during an early experience of discrimination.Read More

July 29, 2013   No Comments

Wedding Traditions from the Szék Region of Transylvania


One day during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a group of participants in the Hungarian Heritage program staged a weddingRead More

July 26, 2013   1 Comment

Faith and Fashion: Anthony Gaskins’ Hat Revival


Milliner Anthony Gaskins discussed the history of hats in the African American community and also displayed some of his workRead More

July 26, 2013   No Comments

Reading Bones: Kalmyk Cultural Symbolism


A process of cultural renewal and linguistic revival is taking place in Kalmykia, Russia, home to the westernmost group ofRead More

July 26, 2013   2 Comments

Wabanaki Performance


The Passamaquoddy Wabanaki Indians of northern Maine have gone to great lengths to restore and revitalize the cultural knowledge andRead More

July 26, 2013   No Comments

Bolivian Music Performance by Los Masis


The Bolivian group Los Masis have been playing traditional Andean music for more than 40 years. They are dedicated toRead More

July 25, 2013   1 Comment

Performance by Hungarian Zither Maker Tibor Gats


Tibor Gáts is an award-winning maker of Hungarian folk instruments, specializing in the zither and the gardon. At the 2013Read More

July 25, 2013   No Comments

The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus Performs the Cicada Song


The Dimen Dong Folk Chorus from the Guizhou Province of China performs an excerpt of the cicada song, in whichRead More

July 25, 2013   No Comments

Libaya Baba Perform Traditional Songs in the Endangered Garifuna Language


James Lovell, a musician and educator from New York City, joins the group Libaya Baba of Los Angeles to performRead More

July 24, 2013   2 Comments