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Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall

For almost fifty years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has connected visitors with artists from around the world. Within each program, participants connect with other representatives from their country or state or occupation while sharing stories and space on the National Mall. And sometimes the Festival offers the opportunity for our … Continue reading Beginnings: Childhood Memories from China to the Mall

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