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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 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

Why Language Matters

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