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​Storied Objects from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival​

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These are some examples of how the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage used objects in its collection to reflect on its 50-year anniversary in 2017. While these entries are related to music, the collection's full site is also included. Investigating how and why cultural objects are made and used can help stimulate students to connect to their heritage and be used by teachers to develop research, storytelling, songwriting, and general writing skills with their students.

Chinelo Costume

Photo by Zvonimir Bebek, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

Welsh Instruments

Photo by Zvonimir Bebek, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

Rhythm and Blues Poster

Photo by Zvonimir Bebek, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

Festival Recordings

Photo by Zvonimir Bebek, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives