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Pasito duranguense dance demonstration

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Pasito duranguense is a popular Mexican dance style in Chicago, Illinois. Although the music has roots in traditional nineteenth-century banda music from northern Mexico, Mexican immigrants in Chicago created the dance style. Dancers clad in Wranglers, cowboy boots, and embroidered leather belts gather in Chicago's clubs and dance halls to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and dance to the popular, fast-paced music. Watch as Chicago residents Rosa Villanueva and Victor Manuel Ceja describe pasito duranguense's wide appeal and demonstrate a few of the dance steps. [Catalog No. - CFV10045; Copyright - 2006 Smithsonian Institution]

Dragon Dance by the Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe's Dragon Dance was a 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival crowd favorite. Performed by ten acrobats and originating as a folk dance of Zhejiang Province on the east coast of China, the dance is still popular at New Year's celebrations and as an expression of cultural heritage and pride. Videography: David Barnes, Shiyu Wang, and Abby Sternberg Editing: Albert Tong [Catalog No. CFV10668; Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Institution]

Basque Tradition and Innovation in Food

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Traditional food tells a sensory history of Basque country that is unique and integral to the culture. Family recipes are persevered and passed down through the generations. In true “Innovation by Culture” fashion, two Basque chefs, Igor Ozamiz Goiriena and Igor Cantabrana, balance traditional recipes with inventive techniques in gastronomy. During the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, they took the stage at the Ostatua Kitchen to give visitors a glimpse into Basque food traditions and innovations through their cooking demonstrations. Igor and Igor both began their culinary careers at the age of twenty and are currently chefs at the culinary institute Escuela Superior de Hostelería in Bilbao. Camera: Pruitt Allen, David Barnes, Deric Brown, Andrea Curran, Joshua Davis, Gary Francis, Caleb Hamilton, Helen Lehrer, Alexis Ligon, W.N. McNair, Michelle Mehrtens, Claudia Romano, Lillian Schneyer, Ryan Shank, Albert Tong, Jacob Weber, Paul Weiss, Kamila Young Field audio: Jacob Weber Producer and editor: Ryan Shank http://www.festival.si.edu/blog/2016/cooking-with-creativity-basque-tradition-and-innovation-in-food/ [Catalog No. CFV10830; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]

Connecting through Craft: Elkana Ong’esa Reunites with Earliest Soapstone Sculptures

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Information of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: http://www.festival.si.edu In 1965, at age 21, Kenyan artist Elkana Ong’esa sold one of his earliest sculptures to an American student doing research in Kisii. Almost fifty years later, the two met by chance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Videography: Albert Tong, Andrea Curran, David Barnes Editing: Nicholas Mangialardi 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. [Catalog No. CFV10684; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]

Happenstance Theater’s Homage to the Circus

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Read more: http://festival.si.edu/blog/essentialism-takes-the-stage-happenstance-theater-s-homage-to-the-circus Production: Charlie Weber, Hae-Yang Chang Interview: Wilson Korges, Sean Baker [Catalog No. CFV10924; Copyright 2017, Smithsonian Institution]

Los Hermanos Lobo: a Salvadoran Chanchona group from Leesburg, Virginia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10104; Copyright - 2007 Smithsonian Institution

Eszter Bíró performing klezmer music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Renowned Hungarian vocalist Eszter Bíró performed Jewish klezmer music with her band. Klezmer music was one of the many diverse and lively musical traditions highlighted at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Videography by Sheelagh Sviatyi Edited by: Jillian Reagan [Catalog No. CFV10546; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Institution]

Yeshi Wangchuk, Spiritual Singer

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10144; Copyright - 2008 Smithsonian Institution

Juliet’s House in Verona, Italy

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” concluded thus: “never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Nevertheless the city of Verona has discovered more dough than woe in the tale of these fictional “star-crossed lovers.” Some two million visitors descend each year on Verona, and many of them want to visit “La Casa di Giulietta,” a fourteenth-century Gothic palace and later an inn, which has been repackaged as Juliet’s House. Not surprisingly, the number of visitors to this self-proclaimed “city of love” typically swells during the week around Valentine’s Day. Read more: https://s.si.edu/2GFXJXN Video by Charlie Weber Narration by Blanche Yurka (Folkways, 1960) [Catalog No. CFV11122, © Smithsonian Institution, 2019]

Will to Adorn presents Muslim fashion show

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Designer Lubna Muhammad creates clothing fashions for Muslim women. She presented examples of her work at the Will to Adorn program during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Videography by: Brandon Callahan and Karen Kasmauski Edited by: Jillian Reagan [Catalog No. CFV10548; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Institution]

Call My Name: The Quilt at the Women's Collective, D.C.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
««Go Back Call My Name: The Quilt at the Women's Collective, D.C. by Smithsonian Folklife Festival On March 3, 2012, a team from The NAMES Project Foundation came to The Women's Collective in Washington, D.C., to conduct a "Call My Name" quilting workshop. Videography by Charles Weber and Brandon Callahan. Editing by Julia Narrow. [Catalog No. CFV10482; Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Institution]

Traditional Instruments of Armenia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Armenian musicians Grigor Kartashyan and Grigor Davtyan demonstrate their traditional woodwind and drum instruments at the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Producers: Jackson Harvey, Khiné Bonner Story and editing: Khiné Bonner [Catalog No. CFV11105; © Smithsonian Institution, 2018]

The Magic-Ancestral Medicine of Catalonia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Eva Rosich is a trained nurse living in a rural area of Catalonia surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains. After hearing stories from her patients, she was able to modernize traditional remedies and incorporate them into her practices as a nurse. Her strong connection to nature, along with her knowledge of medicinal tradition compels her to create natural herbal products and medicines that help aid her patients and provide sustainable natural products she can use in her daily routine. At the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Rosich led various demonstrations of herbal remedies and DIY projects, passing along her knowledge and increasing awareness of natural healing and cleansing products we can use in our day-to-day lives. Camera and editing: Kaylie Connors Interview: Kaylie Connors and Abigail Hendrix Photos: Pablo Molinero [Catalog No. CFV11074; © Smithsonian Institution, 2018]

The Royal Academy of Performing Arts, Song and Dance Dedicated to Jampelyang

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10150; Copyright - 2008 Smithsonian Institution

Estrellas del Vallenato, Musical Group from Colombia's Caribbean Coast

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Estrellas del Vallenato, from Colombia's Caribbean coast, performs at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 2009. [Catalog No. - CFV10204; Copyright - 2009 Smithsonian Institution]

Welsh Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Ceri Rhys Matthews performs with Ceri Ashton and members of Sild, Martin Leamon and Sille Ilves, at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. [Catalog No. - CFV10209; Copyright - 2009 Smithsonian Institution]

Armenian Stone and Song

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
At the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Armenian stone carver Bogdan Hovhannisyan broke out into song. Camera: Charlie Weber Editing: Matthew Archibald [Catalog No. CFV11041, © 2018 Smithsonian Institution]

Basque Master Stone Carver Bernat Vidal

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Bernat Vidal and his fellow Basque artisans created beautiful pieces during their time on the National Mall as part of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Many worked with traditional art forms, adding their own twists to create works that were grounded in tradition but relevant to the contemporary world. Here, Bernat describes his love for his art, the traditional symbols he uses in his carving, and how he works to support Basque artisans. Production and editing: Lillian Schneyer Videography: Pruitt Allen, Chris Lee, Helen Lehrer, Max Lenik, W.N. McNair, Michelle Mehrtens, Anne Saul, Albert Tong, Charlie Weber, Kamila Young [Catalog No. CFV10851; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]

Filipinos in the UFW Movement: Agustín Lira & Patricia Wells Solórzano on Larry Itliong

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Musicians Agustín Lira and Patricia Wells Solórzano reflect on the work of Larry Itliong in founding and mobilizing the United Farm Workers. Read more: https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/why-every-filipino-american-should-know-larry-itliong Producers: Daniel Sheehy, Charlie Weber [Catalog No. CFV11162; © Smithsonian Institution, 2019]

Making Music for the March: Agustín Lira on César Chávez

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Folkways musician and activist Agustín Lira reflects on seeing César Chávez for the first time and writing "La peregrinación" ("The Pilgrimage") for the March to Sacramento in 1966 at Chávez's request. Hear more from Agustín Lira: https://s.si.edu/2UqkFlj [Catalog No. CFV11155; © Smithsonian Institution, 2019]

Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The Leishan Miao Music and Dance Group perform a festive dance at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The Miao live mainly in the mountainous regions of Southern China, especially Guizhou Province. Videography: David Barnes, Shiyu Wang, Abby Sternberg Editing: Charles Weber [Catalog No. CFV10666; Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Institution]

Joropo Dance in Colombia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This footage of joropo dance was shot by the Colombia curatorial team when they were documenting the cowboy traditions of the Orinoco Plains. The dancers, Arnulfo Pinto García and Magdalena Plazas Lugo, are show here in Cumaral, Meta. They are performing daily at the Festival with Grupo Cabrestero. They will also be performing an evening concert on Friday, July 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Al Son Que Me Toquen Stage. Video produced and videotaped by Cristina Diaz-Carrera. [Catalog No. - CFV10340; Copyright - 2011 Smithsonian Institution]

Love of Life as Survival: Malini Srinivasan and Bharatanatyam Dance

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
A professional Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher, Malini Srinivasan participated in the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival for a presentation called “What We Bring,” sharing the cultural contributions her immigrant family has made to her community here. The art of Bharatanatyam was passed down from her grandmother to her mother to her. In this way, its history is one of matrilineal tradition—and one that greatly changed in the twentieth century. Read more: http://festival.si.edu/blog/love-of-life-as-survival-malini-srinivasan-and-bharatanatyam-dance Producer: Emma Cregan [Catalog No. CFV10943; Copyright 2017, Smithsonian Institution]

Bertsolaris at the Opening Ceremony

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
'This was once a dream which is now coming true'. These three Basque bertsolari composed original bertso for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Camera: Helen Lehrer, Alexis Ligon, W.N. McNair, Michelle Mehrtens, Claudia Romano, Lillian Schneyer, Ryan Shank, Albert Tong Editor: Ryan Shank Audio Recordist: David Walker Translator: Miguel Leonis [Catalog No. CFV10846; Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Institution]
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