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“Shout Out to RAIN…”

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Rain falls on the National Mall on June 28, 2013, day 3 of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Photo by Sojin Kim
Rain falls on the National Mall on June 28, 2013, day 3 of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Photo by Sojin Kim

On a small but growing shout out wall inside a staff trailer on the National Mall, someone has written on a hot pink heart: Shout out to RAIN…for bringing people together. The heart went up after a rousing concert by the Seldom Scene at Danubia Stage where, while sheets of rain blanketed the Festival grounds, crowds braved a fierce but fickle storm. There is something surreal about seeing just about one thousand folks, huddled together under a vinyl tent, rendered frankly unaware of the weather by the soulful twang of a bluegrass band. Backstage during the show, members of our tech crew sloshed through three inches of muddy water to lay flooring over the flooded grass, young Hungarian boys snuck tissues from the band’s stash to wipe their muddied costumes, and staffers waded while waiting to greet the band with their increasingly earthy green room requests.

Earlier the same day, having been chased off the site by the storm’s earlier incarnation, visitors and participants alike found themselves convened in the National Museum of American History, dancing and singing while Hungarian violinists urged the sun back with a spirited set. Staffers sprouted mud-made polka-dotted legs while puddle-jumping to reopen the Festival after a brief afternoon hiatus. A brown rain spot expanded exponentially as dedicated dancers partied—barefoot—through the evening in our Tokaj Tavern. And with each new downpour, mud-puddle, and pair of abandoned shoes, fresh opportunities to bond abounded.

Returning to a staff trailer at sundown while the dance party continued to rage on the National Mall, a summer intern posted the hot-pink homage to our afternoon. Shout out to RAIN. Somehow it sums up our Friday impeccably. The Folklife Festival has always been a little scrappy, in the best of ways. It’s fun to be around when scraps take root.

Chloe Ahmann serves as our Festival’s Special Events Coordinator. During the academic year, she teaches at George Washington University, where she is earning her Ph.D. in Anthropology.

“Pruning” at the National Museum of American History Library

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
This post was written by Jenn Parent, intern at the National Museum of American History Library. Jenn is a recent graduate from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA with a BS in Anthropology.  She will be relocating and attending graduate school at University of Washington-Seattle for a Master’s in Library Science this September. I spent more »

Ñaupe surface/top of mound - rim and decorated sherd

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record inlcudes photograph.

Ñaupe surface/top of mound - metate fragment

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record inlcudes photograph.

Ñaupe surface/top of mound - body sherd

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record inlcudes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - Ñaupe zoned red

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object name attributed previously. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - unclassified decorated

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object name attributed by cataloger, but sorted out previously. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - rim and decorated sherd

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Evans and Meggers had only begun sorting this into types. Likely contains further type sherds. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - red banded

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object name attributed previously. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - red and white banded

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object name attributed by cataloger, but sorted out previously. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - napkin-ring ear spool part

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - metate fragment

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - general incised

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object name attributed by cataloger, but sorted out previously. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - figurine part

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - cylindrical spout

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - chipped obsidian

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - chipped chert

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - ceramic bead

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Contains what may be an elongated bead, unlabeled in case it is found to be otherwise. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - body sherd

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Evans and Meggers had only begun sorting this into types. Likely contains further type sherds. Contains two Chorrera incised type sherds previously removed into a plastic baggie. Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - appendage

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - annular pedestal part

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - annular pedestal

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe surface - abrader

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record includes photograph.

Ñaupe hill - rim and decorated sherd

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Record inlcudes photograph.
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