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"La Chicharronera" by Los Texmaniacs [Official Video]

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Official video for "La Chicharronera" performed by Los Texmaniacs This upbeat polka, written by conjunto accordion pioneer Narciso Martínez of San Benito, Texas, holds an important place in history as one of the earliest recordings of what is now known as Texas Mexican (or Tex-Mex) conjunto music. It was first recorded with the typical instrumentation at the time, accordion and bajo sexto, the latter played by the early style-setter Santiago Almeida. The chicharronera—a woman who makes and/or sells pork cracklings— was a common figure in 20th-century daily Mexican life on both sides of the border. "Cruzando Borders" available here: https://folkways.si.edu/los-texmaniacs/cruzando-borders Los Texmaniacs Twitter: https://twitter.com/texmaniacs74 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texmaniacs/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/texmaniacs/ Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianf... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonian... The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Let all religions come together" by Akuseka Takuwa Kongo Group

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Order "Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda" as an album download or on-demand CD: http://goo.gl/jBLZ6 Preview "Delicious Peace" here: http://www.folkways.si.edu/radio/delicious_peace/index.html "Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda," out April 2 on Smithsonian Folkways, aims to overcome religious conflict and bring peace through song. Written and performed by the coffee farmers of the Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace) Fair Trade cooperative in Mbale, Uganda, the album features uplifting, multi-lingual songs that teach cooperation through music. All royalties from the sale of this recording are being directed to support education for the children of the members of the Peace Kawomera cooperative. Mirembe Kawomera "Delicious Peace" coffee is available through the Thanksgiving Coffee Company in Fort Bragg, California, /www.mirembekawomera.com. This project was made possible through the gracious and generous support of the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Perry and Martin Granoff Family Foundation, and Tufts University. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Let's Get to Knowing" – Quetzal ft. Aloe Blacc

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This is the first single and video from Quetzal's future album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, "The Eternal Getdown." Quetzal is performing throughout the two weeks of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., June 29-July 10. [Catalog No. CFV10814; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]

"Little Bird, Little Bird" Music Video Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Purchase the album: http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3130 For more information on Elizabeth Mitchell and to get her recordings, please visit folkways.si.edu . "Little Bird, Little Bird" Music Video Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell "Little Bird, Little Bird" is from Elizabeth Mitchell's most recent album "You Are My Little Bird" released in 2006. She will release her fourth children's album, "Sunny Day" in 2010 on Smithsonian Folkways — please visit Elizabeth's website or join Folkways' email newsletter to be notified when more information is available. /www.youaremyflower.org /www.folkways.si.edu The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Living Our Cultures" in Alaska

National Museum of Natural History
In the first arrangement of its kind, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian loaned more than 600 Alaska artifacts to their place of origin. These cultural treasures are on display until 2017 in the exhibition "Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska" at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center located in the Anchorage Museum. Join Arctic Studies Center anthropologist Aron Crowell and Inupiaq educator Paul Ongtooguk for a tour of the exhibition and research facility in Anchorage, Alaska. For more information, go to http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/html/alaska.htm.

"Long Shot" - U.S. Postal Inspection Service Video

National Postal Museum
It sounds exotic and exciting -- playing the lottery in another country. Sure it's a long shot. But if you win, you could pay off your debt, travel the world and make all of your dreams come true. Truth is that foreign lotteries really are a nightmare. This US Postal Inspection Service video tells the story of a lottery fraud victim and the con man behind the scam. It also provides tips to help you avoid becoming duped by this fraud. Learn more about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: http://npm.si.edu/behindthebadge

"Los Zapatistos" – Agustín Lira & Alma at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Agustín Lira & Alma chronicle the experiences and hidden histories of Chicano, Indigenous, and immigrant communities integral to California’s cultural fabric. They performed at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, an annual event that honors the legacy of Smithsonian Folklife Festival co-founder Ralph Rinzler and his support of “citizen artists.” http://festival.si.edu Filmographers: David Barnes, Gabrielle Robinson-Tillenburg, Pruitt Allen Editor: Courtney Adkisson

"Margaret" by Anna & Elizabeth

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Teaser video for "Margaret" by Anna & Elizabeth, from 'The Invisible Comes to Us' out March 30th, 2018 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings // https://folkways.si.edu/anna-and-elizabeth/the-invisible-comes-to-us Anna & Elizabeth is Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. Anna & Elizabeth: http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annaandelizabeth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annaandelizabeth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/aecrankies Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolkwaysrecordings/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonianfolkways/ The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Mexicano Americano" by Los Texmaniacs [Official Music Video]

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Official video for "Mexico Americano" performed by Los Texmaniacs! This polka-beat song rose in visibility through the now classic Arhoolie Records album 'Corridos de la Frontera' (now found in the Smithsonian Folkways catalog) by Los Pingüinos del Norte and its subsequent performance by Los Lobos. Josh Baca explains, "It's a beautiful song because it identifies who we are. My grandparents on my mother's side were born and raised in Mexico and moved over here to America to better their lives...that side of my family taught me that there's more to life than just playing the accordion...values in life, morals. And the record represents that." "Cruzando Borders" available here: https://s.si.edu/2wyI3Cn Los Texmaniacs Twitter: https://twitter.com/texmaniacs74 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texmaniacs/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/texmaniacs/ Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianf... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonian... The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Michael Row the Boat Ashore" by Ella Jenkins and Friends

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Purchase 'Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends' on the Smithsonian Folkways website: https://goo.gl/gKEMtT Ella Jenkins performs the spiritual "Michael Row the Boat Ashore” with members of the Old Town School of Folk Music and Tony & Kate Seeger of Camp Killooleet. Find this track and other classic camp songs, rounds, silly songs, and campfire sing-alongs on Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends, available now About 'Camp Songs': Renowned children’s performer Ella Jenkins has vivid memories of singing at summer camps, and if you were a camper, you must too! She and her friends invite you to share those experiences and celebrate her 60 years as a Folkways artist with this recording. Ella assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these classic camp songs, rounds, silly songs, and campfire sing-alongs with you. Move along with them and make them your own! Most of all, have fun! 62 minutes, 36-page booklet with song lyrics included.

"Mnemiopsis leidyi"

Smithsonian Institution
This short video of the comb jelly "Mnemiopsis leidyi" reveals that ctenophores possess a functional through-gut from which digestion waste products and material distributed via the endodermal canals are expelled through terminal anal pores. From Current Biology "The Presence of a Functionally Tripartite Through-Gut in Ctenophora Has Implications for Metazoan Character Trait Evolution" (http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(16)30931-9#)

"Moonshot" for String Quartet performed at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

National Air and Space Museum
“Moonshot” for string quartet was composed by Alistair Coleman and written for and performed by the Abeo Quartet. The piece is inspired by a triptych of “date-paintings” which chart milestones of Apollo 11, created by artist On Kawara and on display at Glenstone Museum. The piece is in three movements to reflect each painting: I. July 16, 1969, launch; II. July 20, 1969, the lunar landing; and III. July 21, 1969, the day people on Earth came together to celebrate humanity’s first steps on the Moon. “Moonshot” was commissioned by the Glenstone Museum and recorded in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

"Mother in the Graveyard" by Anna & Elizabeth [Official Music Video]

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Official music video for "Mother in the Graveyard" by Anna & Elizabeth, from 'The Invisible Comes to Us' out March 30th, 2018 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings // https://folkways.si.edu/anna-and-elizabeth/the-invisible-comes-to-us "Mother In The Graveyard" was collected by Margaret MacArthur, recording Hildreth Brown in 1961 in Brattleboro Vermont. MacArthur recorded her own version for her Folkways Record 'Folksongs of Vermont.' Anna & Elizabeth is Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle Film by Jacob Blumberg Costumes by Anna & Elizabeth, and Hannah Goff. Thanks to the Vermont Folklife Center & the MacArthur family for connecting us to this song. Anna & Elizabeth: http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annaandelizabeth/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annaandelizabeth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/aecrankies Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolkwaysrecordings/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonianfolkways/ The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Multi-Position Letter Sorting Machine" (MPLSM)

National Postal Museum
A short silent film showing the Multi-Position Letter Sorting Machine (MPLSM). MPLSM operators used 20-key keyboards to type in two or three numbers from the ZIP code, so the machine could then sort the mail into one of 277 or more bins representing sections of the country. These operators sorted mail at rates of 60 letters per minute. Visit the online exhibit: http://npm.si.edu/systemsatwork

"My Better Years" (studio recording from "Long Time... Seldom Scene")

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
"Long Time... Seldom Scene" available here: http://goo.gl/7eFnSf Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene record the wistful Hazel Dickens' song "My Better Years" for the Smithsonian Folkways album Long Time... Seldom Scene. Dudley Connell, guitar and lead vocal Ben Eldridge, banjo Lou Reid, mandolin and vocal Ronnie Simpkins, bass Fred Travers, slide guitar and vocal Rickie Simpkins, special guest, fiddle Videography by Charles Weber Editing by Charles Weber The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"My Mama Never Had Wings": Busboys and Poets' Pages Matam

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Through sublime rhymes, poet Pages Matam paid tribute to his Cameroonian mother on "Diaspora Day" at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Hosted by Bomani D. Armah, organized by Busboys and Poets and co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the session explored cultural expressions from local African and Asian Diasporas. Videography: Abby Sternberg Editing: Charlie Weber [Catalog No. CFV10672; Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Institution]

"My name's Connor. My name's Claude. And we really like this place"

National Museum of Natural History
Recorded onsite at NMNH's Centennial exhibit.

"Negra Presuntuosa" – Susana Baca at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
At the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, Susana Baca performed an evening concert as part of the "Perú: Pachamama" program. http://festival.si.edu Filmographers: Angela Calonder, LaQuinda Grimes, Brian Hart, Marisol Medina-Cadena, Gabrielle Robinson-Tillenburg, Claudia Romano Editor: Courtney Adkisson [Catalog No. CFV10758; Copyright 2015 Smithsonian Institution]

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Aaron Taylor Kuffner

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Aaron Taylor Kuffner’s Gamelatron is a fully robotic gamelan orchestra featuring traditional bronze-forged instruments that he has retrofitted with mechanical mallets.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - FoldHaus

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The members of FoldHaus bring their experience in mechanical engineering and product design in creating their folded structures and sculptures. As a collective, they are able to participate in something larger than what they would be able to achieve as individuals. Two FoldHaus founding members discuss their design process, the strength of creative collaboration, and the history of designing projects for the Playa.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Gelareh Alam

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gelareh Alam, an Iranian-born designer now living in San Francisco, creates costumes that she refers to as “tailor-made suits of emotional armor.” Combining elements of nature, futurism, and architecture her creations—often worn at Burning Man—are designed for individual empowerment and self-expression.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Installation Time-Lapse of David Best's "Temple"

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The David Best's "Temple" Installation. A month of work compressed in a minute and a half.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti discuss ideas behind their collaborative artwork, "Paper Arch," a paper and wood structure with photographic elements, which continues the artists’ examination of architectural structures.

"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" - Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Husband and wife artists, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, (who married at Burning Man in 2011) create detailed, tactile, often whimsical large-scale artworks, including the penny-covered grizzly bears, Ursa Major (2016) and Ursa Mater (2017).
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