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Hou Yi and the Ten Suns: A Chinese Folktale


Production and animation: Aurélie Beatley Narration: Karlie Leung The story of the archer Hou Yi goes back to at leastRead More

June 23, 2014   No Comments

Introducing Kenya at the Folklife Festival


The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the Republic of Kenya fifty years after its independence. Preston Scott, curator for Kenya: MamboRead More

June 21, 2014   No Comments

Music of the Inner Mongolian Grasslands


Band manager Zhu Zhizhong and musicians Baiyinmenghe, Baoyin, and Boerzhijinfu of the group Ih Tsetsn from Inner Mongolia speak andRead More

June 18, 2014   No Comments

Introducing China at the Folklife Festival


Meet the China: Tradition and the Art of Living program team preparing for the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Curators SojinRead More

June 16, 2014   No Comments

Conserving Kenya’s Coast, One Turtle at a Time


Sea turtles worldwide face endangerment due to pollution, poachers, fishing bycatch, beachfront development, and much more. Off the coast ofRead More

June 12, 2014   No Comments

Song of Spring: Traditional Miao Arts


Liang Xiaoying from Leishan in the Guizhou Province, sings two traditional Miao songs, “Song of Spring” and “Date When WeRead More

June 11, 2014   No Comments

Making Music, Mimicking Voices on the Miao Lusheng


Miao lusheng maker and player Mo Ming and singer Li Lingting perform in their home village of Leishan in GuizhouRead More

June 10, 2014   No Comments

Kallawaya Blessing Ceremony


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