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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

Ben Bahan and Rhonda Jennings Share Their ASL Stories

Ben Bahan, professor of American Sign Language and deaf studies at Gallaudet University, and his student Rhonda Jennings shared humorousRead More

July 23, 2013   No Comments

Hawaiian Participants Sing ‘Kaulana Nā Pua’

On the last day of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Hawaiian musician Aaron Salā and other Hawaiian festival participants joinedRead More

July 23, 2013   No Comments

Native Koro-Speaker Khandu Degio on the Tradition of Building Bamboo ‘Spirit Houses’

Koro is an endangered Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh, India, with an estimated six to eight hundred speakers. KhanduRead More

July 18, 2013   1 Comment

A History of Urban Dance: Urban Artistry Performance

The performances of Urban Artistry, an international collective of artists and dancers, reveal how street culture aligns music and danceRead More

July 18, 2013   No Comments

Hungarian National Folk Ensemble

Szalonna and his Band, renowned members of the Hungarian National Folk Ensemble, teamed up with Roma fiddler István “Kiscsipás” VargaRead More

July 17, 2013   No Comments

The Most Powerful Poem You Have Ever Met: Alexis Gumbs at the 2013 Folklife Festival Closing Ceremony

  Alexis Gumbs, a textile artist, political advocate, and presenter at the Will to Adorn program, reads a poem atRead More

July 17, 2013   No Comments

Hungarian Heritage Craftspeople

The 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured Hungarian Heritage: Roots To Revival as one of its three programs. The Festival drewRead More

July 12, 2013   2 Comments

Taro in Hawaiian Culture

One World, Many Voices presenter Ka‘ai McAfee-Torco and her uncle Earl Kawa‘a, a taro farmer and therapist, explain the centralRead More

July 12, 2013   No Comments

Sounds of Nature in Music

During a “cross-program” presentation at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants demonstrated the influence of nature on their musical traditions.Read More

July 12, 2013   No Comments