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Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony


  The Kallawaya people, who make their home high in the Bolivian Andes, developed intricate systems of traditional medicinal practicesRead More

December 12, 2013   No Comments

Gábor Miklós Szőke and His Puli Dog Sculpture


The Hungarian contemporary artist Gábor Miklós Szőke created a large-scale Puli dog sculpture for the Hungarian Heritage: Roots to RevivalRead More

September 18, 2013   No Comments

Abel Rodríguez, Amazonian Basket Weaver


Abel Rodríguez, an indigenous Muinane, demonstrates the art of basket weaving which he learned from his father while growing upRead More

September 18, 2013   No Comments

Why Language Matters


  International participants of the One World, Many Voices program discuss their experiences with federal, state, and community language policies.Read More

August 15, 2013   2 Comments

Eugene Allen and First Lady Nancy Reagan


White House butler and maître d’ Eugene Allen served eight US presidents. In 1986, he told First Lady Nancy Reagan that itRead More

August 12, 2013   1 Comment

Eugene Allen and President Carter


White House workers often become very close to presidential families. Eugene Allen served as maître d’ for eight presidents fromRead More

August 12, 2013   No Comments

Eugene Allen, White House Maître D’ and the Man Who Inspired The Butler


On August 16, 2013, theaters will premiere Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a historical drama that follows the experience of anRead More

August 12, 2013   No Comments

Master Craftsman Levente Lehel Sütő


Artisan Levente Lehel Sütő’s family has been making traditional furniture since the end of the 16th century. At the 2013Read More

August 8, 2013   1 Comment

Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune Remembered


The Will To Adorn program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival explored the identity and culture of African Americans throughRead More

August 7, 2013   No Comments

Voguing at the Ball


Earle Bannister, a Baltimore tailor, talks to presenter Althea Grey-McKenzie about the history of voguing, a dance style that originatedRead More

August 2, 2013   No Comments