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“People are going to be like, ‘Are there even that many black female banjo players?’ Yes.”
Music, Sports & Games
In 1793, British Captain George Vancouver gifted Hawaiian King Kamehameha I a small amount of cattle that quickly multiplied.
Religion & Spirituality
Why would a woman dedicate herself to learning a cultural practice that is not her own? Especially when she is largely forbidden from participating in it?
A household in southwestern China might possess sixty or more different basket forms or types.
Celebrations, Cultural Transmission, Foodways
For us, the tamalada, a tamale making party, goes back several generations to San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
History, Music, Social Justice
El director emérito de Smithsonian Folkways comparte historias, fotos y videos de su trabajo de campo en Chile, que coincidió con el golpe de estado de Pinochet.
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.
We sing Christian hymns in a vocal style better fitting a frontier camp meeting in the early 1800s—or a punk show—than a mainline church today.
Smithsonian Folkways director emeritus shares stories, photos, and videos from his field work in Chile, which coincided with Pinochet’s coup d’état.
Language, Traditional Knowledge
What common patterns can an ethnomusicologist and an astrophysicist find in their respective work? More than you might think.