• Traditional Norwegian-American Dance Music From Virginia

    Part of the Homegrown Concert Series, the Berntson family performs traditional Norwegian-American dance music from Virginia.

    • Contributor: Berntsons, The
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-12-03
  • Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear

    Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear perform Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-08-16
  • 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
  • Traditional Greek Smyrneika Music from Massachusetts

    Sophia Bilides sings and plays santouri (Greek hammered dulcimer) and zilia (finger cymbals). Smyrneika songs arose out an urban population where the music of Greeks, Turks, Jews, and Armenians influenced each other in the early decades of the 20th century. This vibrant cultural scene was shattered when conflicts led to the 1922 Asia-Minor Catastrophe. The destruction of the port city of Smyrna (Izmir) led ...

    • Contributor: Bilides, Sophia
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-08-24
  • Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

    A half-century on, what remains to be learned of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement? Plenty, it turns out. Last year historian Joe Mosnier, together with videographer John Bishop, journeyed to twenty states to interview fifty individuals who, most as teenagers or young adults, gave themselves over to the civil rights struggle. This testimony -- urgent and immediate, but also refracted by memory and time ...

    • Contributor: Mosnier, Joe - Mosnier, Joseph
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-04-12
  • The Birmingham Sunlights

    Gospel Quartet Birmingham Sunlights perform as part of the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Sunlights, Birmingham
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2005-12-07
  • 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 function centrally in the development of American culture.

    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-08-09
  • We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi

    As an illustrator and journalist, Tracy Sugarman covered the nearly one thousand student volunteers who traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assist black citizens in the South in registering to vote. Two white students and one black student were slain in the struggle, many were beaten and hundreds arrested, and churches and homes were burned to the ground by the opponents of equality. Yet ...

    • Contributor: Sugarman, Tracy
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-05-05
  • David and Levon Ayriyan

    David and Levon Ayriyan performed Armenian music from Rhode Island, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. David Ayirian plays Armenian dance music and is accompanied by his son on the dumbek, a Middle Eastern drum. The kemancha is one of the oldest stringed instruments from the Middle East. Played in ancient Persia, it has continued to be used ...

    • Contributor: Ayriyan, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-04-12
  • 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 highlights a special place in the urban landscape where a group of men come together to share their personal memories, recall the history of their beloved city and create community. Fleming is ...

    • Contributor: Fleming, Peggy
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-03-18
  • 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
  • Celebrating the Acquisition of the NCTA Collection

    Barry Bergey with the National Endowment for the Arts moderates a group of panelists who discuss the significance and highlights of the NCTA Collection.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-11
  • 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
  • Polk County: A Comedy of Negro Life on a Sawmill Camp with Authentic Negro Music in Three Acts

    Reproduced from type-written copy; leaves variously numbered. Without the music. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. 166 l. 28 x 21 cm.

    • Contributor: Hurston, Zora Neale - Waring, Dorothy
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1944

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  • 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
  • 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 the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

    • Contributor: Stewart, Rosie
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-05-09
  • Aubrey Ghent and Friends

    Aubrey Ghent with friends performed sacred lap steel guitar for the Library's annual Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Ghent, Aubrey
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-10-17
  • An-Sky Ensemble Oral History

    Members of the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble, who are performers as well as researchers of Yiddish music, discuss their history.

    • Contributor: An Sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2013-06-25
  • Kalanidhi Dance: Traditional Kuchipudi from Maryland

    Kalanidhi Dance Company was founded in 2005. Its artistic approach is to explore creative and contemporary ideas through the vocabulary of Kuchipudi, while retaining the essence and integrity of the classical form. Dancers include Supraja Chittari, Ankitha Durvasula, Ramya Durvasula, Pragnya Thamire and Deviga Valiyil.

    • Contributor: Kalanidhi Dance Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2013-08-14
  • From Oral Tradition to Critical Edition: The James Madison Carpenter Collection of Folk Music and Drama

    This lecture showcases the variety and importance of the James Madison Carpenter Collection, which has been digitized and is intended for online presentation as part of the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. The talk describes some of the editorial challenges facing the James Madison Carpenter Project team as they prepare a critical edition of the collection.

    • Contributor: Bishop, Julia
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-04-23
  • Paraguayan Folk Harp Ensemble from Nevada

    The Paraguayan folk harp is one of the most recognizable folk music traditions in South America. Las Vegas resident Mariano Gonzales mesmerizes audiences with his delightful and sometimes surprising repertoire on this handcrafted traditional instrument. His solo performances have included concerts at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

    • Contributor: Gonzalez, Mariano
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-09-26
  • A Musical Demonstration by Gary Hastings and Brian Mullen

    Flautist Gary Hastings and singer Brian Mullen present a concert and lecture as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress sponsored by the American Folklife Center and The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-05-29
  • Amuma Says No: Traditional and Contemporary Basque Music from Idaho

    Amuma Says No plays Basque music in a concert at the Library of Congress

    • Contributor: Amuma Says No
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-07-14
  • 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
  • The River Boys Polka Band

    The River Boys Polka Band performed as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Robert Schmer (accordion), Dave Beitz (hammered dulcimer), Jerry Hergenreder (trombone, vocals) and Steve Deines (bass, vocals) make up the River Boys Polka Band. They have played traditional Dutch Hop dance music together for 10 years. All four have performed at traditional weddings, anniversaries and other ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-06-21