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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.
Immigration & Migration
In Chinese culture, it is a widespread belief that mental illness results from ancestors’ punishment on the current generation.
Cultural Sustainability, Music
“Who the hell is Ralph Rinzler?” I asked. “The director of the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, you idiot!”
History, Sports & Games
Choi Hoon was the first Korean skier to ever win a medal in competition. He was also my grandfather.
한반도 스키의 현재와 과거가 강원도에 모였다.