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The taste of ginseng root is described as earthy and slightly sweet by some, and bitter by others.
American ginseng has linked the Appalachian Mountain region to China since the 1700s.
Dr. Duke passed away in December 2017, but his “teaching garden” of medicinal plants lives on in tribute.
Art & Design, Cultural Transmission
Mamoni Chitrakar started singing. I held my breath. We were watching the unveiling of a traditional painted scroll called patachitra, months in the making.
Environment, Work Life
Janet Draper is Smithsonian Gardens’ lead horticulturalist for the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden in Washington, D.C.
Cultural Sustainability, Work Life
I hoped we would have time to make personal connections, but I couldn’t predict the way it would became the heart and soul of the trip.
At the heart of this project is exploring the ways in which both cultural workers and folk artists use stories.
Behind the Scenes, Education
With the summer term fast approaching, new interns at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage may wonder how their experience here will help prepare them for future work experiences.
Behind the Scenes, Foodways
On a low table in the backyard of a home in Voskevaz, Armenia, lay a plate of dried fruit confections. We were invited to help ourselves.
My grandmother, unlike many others, was not a great cook.