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By Our Interns, Foodways
Regardless of how long it’s been since eating that dish, one taste can send us back through the haze of time to a particular kitchen and a particular plate.
Dress, Traditional Knowledge
What I love most about jewelry is its ability to connect us to our family: our in-laws, our ancestors, and our posterity.
Language, Traditional Knowledge
What common patterns can an ethnomusicologist and an astrophysicist find in their respective work? More than you might think.
Environment, Work Life
Janet Draper is Smithsonian Gardens’ lead horticulturalist for the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden in Washington, D.C.
Immigration & Migration
In Chinese culture, it is a widespread belief that mental illness results from ancestors’ punishment on the current generation.
Immigration & Migration, Music
To honor her nona, Flory has made it her life’s mission to preserve the songs, music, and language of her Ladino family.
Foodways, Immigration & Migration
At Thip Khao in Washington, D.C., Chef Seng serves Lao food, family style.
Art & Design, Crafts, Cultural Sustainability
For many traditional Tibetan artists, to paint a deity is an act of worship.
To Dawa Dakpa, tradition needs innovation the way fire needs air—tradition and modernity need not be at odds.
The nay is a notoriously difficult instrument, which tends to be a point of pride for Cairo’s nayatiyya, or nay players.