• The Sama Ensemble

    The Sama Ensemble performed traditional Iranian music and dance as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Ensemble, Sama
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-04-25
  • Traditional Turkish & Bulgarian Instrumental & Vocal Music

    Turkish and Bulgarian vocalists and instrumentalists Tzvety Weiner, Valeri Georgiev & Varol Saatcioglu share their traditional music.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-03-05
  • Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Korean Sound Recordings

    On July 24, 1896, the pioneering ethnologist Alice Fletcher recorded six wax cylinders documenting the singing of three Koreans who were studying in Washington, D.C. Now housed in the American Folklife Center Archive, these cylinders have proved to be the earliest known recordings of Korean music. As interesting as the recordings themselves, are the extraordinary circumstances surrounding how they came to be made, as ...

    • Contributor: Provine, Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-01-27
  • Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature (Day 2, morning)

    Literatura de cordel, literally "string literature," refers to small popular books or chapbooks, predominantly from northeastern Brazil. They were often suspended from cords or strings, hung across marketplace stalls belonging to local poets during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Today, cordel chapbooks are still sold and performed on street corners and in markets throughout Brazil, but are more readily circulated through the Internet. ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-09-27
  • Lawrence Guyot oral history interview conducted by Julian Bond in Washington, D.C., 2010-12-30.

    • Contributor: Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) - Bond, Julian - Guyot, Lawrence
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-30

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  • Reverb

    Gospel/inspirational harmony group Reverb performs as part of the Library's celebration of African American History Month. The concert was also part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Reverb Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-02-07
  • Oral History with Traditional Artist Flory Jagoda

    In this interview with Howard Bass, singer and composer Flory Jagoda discusses her family and her life before, during, and after the Second World War and the influence these experiences had on her singing and songwriting.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-11-20
  • Ruze Dalmatinke Traditional Croatian Singing from Washington State

    Ruze Dalmatinke of Seattle, Washington presents traditional Croatian songs. Founded by sisters Binki Franulovic Spahi and Alma Franulovic Plancich who immigrated to the U.S. with their family after World War II, the group origianally sprang from their desire to preserve the songs of their native Dalmatia, but their repertoire has since expanded to include songs from throughout Croatia. Special guests Croatian Ambassador Josko Paro ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-07-18
  • Los Texmaniacs: Traditional Conjunto Dance Music from Texas

    Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the International Accordion Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland and Spain.

    • Contributor: Los Texmanics
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-09-11
  • Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

    Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver perform bluegrass and gospel music from Tennessee, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Lawson, Doyle
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-09-13
  • Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra

    Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra perform Albanian music from New York, celebrating 40 years of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-06-19
  • Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica

    Margaret Mills, professor at Ohio State University, and Kenneth Bilby, research associate at the Smithsonian Institution Department of Anthropology presented lectures in a program titled "Politics and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica" as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Mills discussed "The Same River: Dilemmas and Challenges of Long-term Cultural Research in Conflict Zones and Failing ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-08-03
  • Collecting Jewish Cultural Treasures in a Post-WWII New York Lobby

    During the summer of 1948, only three years after the end of World War II, Ben Stonehill, a man devoted to Jewish culture, recorded recently-arrived Jewish survivors of the war who were temporarily housed in a hotel in upper Manhattan. The singers included men, women, and children. Stonehill collected over a thousand songs of many kinds: joyful as well as sad, mainly in Yiddish ...

    • Contributor: Isaacs, Miriam
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-11-13
  • Work & Transformation: Panels 5, 6 & 7

    This symposium featured presentations by the 2010 recipients of the American Folklife Center's Archie Green Fellowships on their research and documentation of the culture and traditions of American workers in New York, Idaho, and Louisiana. Panels also included representatives of community-based documentation projects supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services concerning the role of America's libraries and museums as vibrant centers for ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-07
  • Work & Transformation: Panels 1, 2 & Keynote

    This symposium featured presentations by the 2010 recipients of the American Folklife Center's Archie Green Fellowships on their research and documentation of the culture and traditions of American workers in New York, Idaho, and Louisiana. Panels also included representatives of community-based documentation projects supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services concerning the role of America's libraries and museums as vibrant centers for ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-06
  • Cowboy Poetry: History, Origins, Influences, Forms

    David Stanley discusses the history and development cowboy poetry in American culture as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Stanley has been researching cowboy poetry for nearly 20 years. Cowboy poetry in the United States dates back to the period of the long-distance cattle drives from Texas to Kansas that followed the Civil War, and it has ...

    • Contributor: Stanley, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-09-14
  • Seeger Tribute: (1) Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger and (2) Performing the Seegers

    The Library of Congress celebrated the musical legacy of the Seeger Family during a two-day program, sponsored by the American Folklife Center, titled "How Can I Keep from Singing? A Seeger Family Tribute." For session one, "Another Generation of Seegers: Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger," panelists were Todd Harvey, American Folklife Center, speaking on "Seeger Collections at the American Folklife Center Archive" Jeff Place, ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-03-16
  • Hidden Carols: A Christmas Singing Tradition in the English Pennines

    For well over two and a half centuries, the performance of distinctive carols has been a feature of the seasonal holiday of Christmas in villages in many parts of England, especially in the West Country and in the region of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire around Sheffield, on the eastern edge of the Pennine hills. In this talk Ian Russell explores the development of this ...

    • Contributor: Russell, Ian
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-01-07
  • The Bajich Brothers: Tambura Music from Kansas

    The Bajich Brothers perform tambura music from Kansas, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Brothers, Bajich
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-09-17
  • The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings & the American Experience

    Stephen Wade presents a talk related to the research for his recent book, "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience," which takes as its starting point 13 iconic performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and onto the Great Plains. Through decades of research ...

    • Contributor: Wade, Stephen
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-03-27
  • Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York

    This presentation examines how Italian Americans create and use vernacular architecture, material culture, and ceremonial display to inscribe meaning on New York City's religious and cultural landscapes. Yard shrines, sidewalk altars, Christmas displays, and other creative productions transform everyday urban space into unique, communal sites of religiosity. Sciorra is especially interested in how people remember, imagine, and interpret the city, as well as people's ...

    • Contributor: Sciorra, Joseph
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-23
  • Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

    Polka, zydeco, and "Lady of Spain": If this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by the history of this robust instrument's odyssey across the American musical landscape and its dramatic rise, fall, and rise again in 20th century popular culture.

    • Contributor: Jacobson, Marion - Jacobson, Marion S.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-07-12
  • Carter Family Tribute

    In honor of Janette Carter's achievement as a performer and an organizer, the American Folklife Center present a Carter Family Tribute Concert, featuring prominent country and old-time musicians, hosted by Joe Wilson, former director of the National Council for Traditional Arts, as part of the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series.

    • Contributor: Carter Family
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2005-09-20
  • Francis McPeake Family Concert, May 16, 2007

    From March through May 2007, scholars and artists gathered at the Library of Congress and other venues in and around Washington, DC, to present and promote Northern Irish arts and culture through the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme. The May events at the Library of Congress included an exciting and thought-provoking series of concerts and lectures and a special symposium. Together, they highlighted and focused ...

    • Contributor: Francis Mcpeake Family
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-05-16
  • Tim Tingle & D.J. Battiest-Tomasi

    Both D.J. Battiest-Tomasi and Tim Tingle are enrolled as members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and regularly participate in tribal events. Both also share relatives who came on the Trail of Tears from the original Choctaw homelands in Mississippi. They speak Choctaw as a part of their performances. They normally perform individually, but have been asked to perform together on this occasion.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-06-29