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  • Kunqu: China's First Great Multi-art Theatrical Tradition

    Marjory Bong-Ray Liu presented "Total Theatre -- The Art of Kunqu, China's Earliest Classical Opera" as part of the Benjamin Botkin lecture series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Chinese opera, especially ...

    • Contributor: Bong Ray Liu, Marjory
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-09-04
  • 'The High Lonesome Sound' Revisited: Documenting Traditional Culture in America

    In the early 1960s, the multitalented musician, filmmaker, and photographer John Cohen journeyed to eastern Kentucky to document the songs of church-goers, miners, and farmers, and the rural community that produced and ...

    • Contributor: Cohen , John
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-06-11
  • Steve Meisner Band

    Accordion polka concert with the Steve Meisner Band.

    • Contributor: Meisner, Steve
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-08-25
  • Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues

    In this presentation William R. Ferris discusses his book, "Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues" (University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2009).

    • Contributor: Ferris, William R.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-02-17
  • The Zionaires

    The Zionaires perform gospel music from Maryland and Delaware, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: The Zionaires
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-07-24
  • Rosie Stewart in Concert

    Rosie Stewart, a singer from Co. Fermanagh in Ireland, performed in concert, including "Adieu to Lovely Garrison," as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress co-sponsored by ...

    • Contributor: Stewart, Rosie
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-05-09
  • Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University

    Simon J. Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to ...

    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-08-09
  • Traditional Chinese Zheng Music from Florida

    Ann Yao plays the zheng, a long, horizontal plucked zither that is one the most ancient musical instruments in China. She is joined in this performance by Wang Guowei playing the erhu, ...

    • Contributor: Yao, Ann
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-07-27
  • Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

    Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press ...

    • Contributor: Frank, Russell
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-08-10
  • Balla Kouyate & World Vision: Traditional Malian Music from Massachusetts

    Balla Kouyate is a griot and virtuoso player of the balaphon. Considered the predecessor of the xylophone and the first Mande instrument, the balafon is made up of wood slats of varying ...

    • Contributor: Kouyate, Balla
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-04-28
  • African American History Month Celebration: National Visionary Leadership Project Showcase

    The Library of Congress celebrated African American History Month with its signature event--a showcase of the American Folklife Center's National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) Collection. The NVLP is a collection of oral ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-02-22
  • Place and the Politics of Belonging

    One of America's greatest ironies is that, although a nation of immigrants, the country also has a longstanding history of ambivalence, and at times hostility, toward its newest arrivals. In the last ...

    • Contributor: Shutika, Debra Lattanzi - Lattanzi Shutika, Debra
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-08-12
  • Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers

    The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers perform a capella gospel music from Kentucky, another in the 2009 Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-07-16
  • [Letter from Harold Spivacke to John A. Lomax; Port Aransas, TX]

    • Contributor: Spivacke, Harold
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1939-01-20
  • R. Carlos Nakai: American Indian Flute Music from Arizona

    R. Carlos Nakai performs American Indian flute music in a noontime concert in the Library's "Homegrown" series.

    • Contributor: Nakai, R. Carlos
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-11-17
  • Marimba Linda Xelaju: Guatemalan Marimba Music from Maryland

    Marimba Linda Xelaju performs traditional Guatemalan marimba.

    • Contributor: Xelaju, Marimba Linda
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-09-15
  • [Letter from Harold Spivacke to John A. Lomax; General Delivery, Merryville, LA]

    • Contributor: Spivacke, Harold
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1939-05-17
  • 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
  • The Capital Pool Checkers Club: Tradition, Competition & Community in Washington DC

    Ethnographic photographer Peggy Fleming spent three years photographing and interviewing the members of Washington's Capital Pool Checkers Club. Her resulting study, "Crown Me!" (2010), documents more than an interesting recreational club: it ...

    • Contributor: Fleming, Peggy
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-03-18
  • Ben Payton and the Thundering Harps

    Ben Payton's voice resonates with a passion for life and his skills as a guitarist evoke the tradition of the original Delta blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Charley Patton ...

    • Contributor: Payton, Ben
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-05-25