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¡Kashnami Kawsanchik! [This is how we live!]


Prior to my first trip to Ecuador in 2010, I spent my teenage summers combing through stacks of CDs soldRead More

July 2, 2013   No Comments

Folk Dances of Hungary: Hungarian choreographer Dezső Fitos and his virtuosic dance troupe


The folk dances of Hungary are important expressions of national identity. Hungarian choreographer Dezső Fitos assembled a troupe of theRead More

June 30, 2013   4 Comments

Demonstration of Tuvan instruments and throat singing


The Republic of Tuva, in Russia’s southern Siberian steppes, presents a rich mosaic of unique vocal and instrumental music. MusiciansRead More

June 29, 2013   No Comments

Designing and Building Hungarian Heritage


The Hungarian Heritage program is a joint effort involving Hungarians from Hungary and Romania (Transylvania). Transylvanian architect Gyule Szilegyi discussesRead More

June 29, 2013   1 Comment

Performing the Kalmyk epic tale Jangar


The Kalmyks are the only indigenous Buddhist people in Europe. They speak an endangered Mongolic language and possess a highlyRead More

June 29, 2013   2 Comments

Highlights from the Opening Ceremony


The 47th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival welcomed a host of international participants. The Opening Ceremony started off with a livelyRead More

June 27, 2013   No Comments

Januwa Moja discusses symbolism of West African combs


Januwa Moja celebrates the African diaspora through her work as an artist and designer. In this video, Moja shares aRead More

June 27, 2013   No Comments

Brenda Winstead’s joyful quest for West African textiles


Clothing designer Brenda Winstead collaborates with West African artisans—incorporating traditional hand-woven and hand-dyed fabrics to create contemporary garments. In thisRead More

June 25, 2013   2 Comments

2013 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: The Seldom Scene Bluegrass Band


This year’s Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert recognizes the contributions of Dr. Peter Seitel to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife andRead More

June 25, 2013   No Comments

Alfred “Bud” Lane III, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians


  Alfred “Bud” Lane III, of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, is a language and traditional arts instructor. HeRead More

June 25, 2013   2 Comments