• The Two Worlds of the Pennsylvania Dutch

    The Pennsylvania Dutch culture, which is now over three centuries old and still evolving, is an American hybrid creation put together from Continental Europe, British Isles, and American building blocks in Southeastern Pennsylvania. While this culture is a unit linguistically, and in most other ways, it is divided down the middle by religion. The "two worlds" are those of the "Plain Dutch"--Amish, Mennonites, and ...

    • Contributor: Yoder, Don
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-05-05
  • Blind Boys of Alabama I

    Fresh from their Grammy win, the Blind Boys of Alabama present a free, lunchtime gospel concert on the steps of the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Blind Boys of Alabama
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2002-06-05
  • Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin: Traditional Passamaquoddy Music From Maine

    Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin, members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Maine, perform at Coolidge Auditorium. They share music and culture of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-16
  • 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
  • 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
  • Folk Music from the Slovak Mountains

    The fujara is the largest member of the overtone flute family. It developed in the seclusion of the Slovakian mountains, and, until recently, was barely known outside Slovakia. Even today, only a small number of traditional musicians play the instrument, and only a handful of craftsmen know how to make it. However, since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the fujara has been "discovered" ...

    • Contributor: Rychlik, Bohuslav - Rychlik, Bob
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-05-27
  • 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
  • Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero

    This talk explores the relationship between folklorist Archie Green's formative political experiences at home, at school, and at work during the "Age of the CIO" and his subsequent development of "laborlore" as a public-oriented interdisciplinary field.

    • Contributor: Burns, Sean
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-05-01
  • The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band

    The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band performs at the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-10-13
  • 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
  • Force and Violins: What the FBI Had on Folksingers

    Among the sufferings of those pursued during the McCarthy era, the situation of folksingers and folklorists was unique. Suspected by their government, they were hunted by the FBI almost everywhere. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, one can now know the extent of privacy crimes committed against Pete Seeger and other folklorists. For more than 20 years, the FBI and CIA conducted surveillance ...

    • Contributor: Dunaway, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-03-19
  • Collecting and Performing Traditional Song in the Republic of Georgia

    Ethno-musicologist, scholar and performer Malkhaz Erkvanidze talked about collecting traditional sacred and secular music in the Republic of Georgia as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. Members of the Anchiskhati Choir assisted him with performance of material he and the members of his ensemble have collected.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2005-11-17
  • James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Richard Christman

    James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Richard Christman perform blues guitar from Mississippi, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Johnson , James "Super Chikan
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-05-23
  • Surati: Classical and Folk Indian Dance from New Jersey

    Surati performs Indian classial and folk dance from New Jersey, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Surati Dance Group
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-11-19
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 decade, the increased number of immigrants living in new destinations, those settlements located outside the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, has coincided with an upsurge in local anti-immigrant sentiment.

    • Contributor: Shutika, Debra Lattanzi - Lattanzi Shutika, Debra
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-08-12
  • Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover

    Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by Afghan women activists is that we westerners should get over it, that the burka, hot, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it is, is certainly not their most pressing problem. It has even proved ...

    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-09-19
  • Sreevidhya Chandramouli with Poovalur Sriji: South Indian Classical Music from Oregon

    Sreevidhya Chandramouli plays the vina, a plucked Indian lute with a fret board spanning three and a half octaves. She was trained in the Karaikudi vina tradition, the only school of south Indian vina players that goes back more than ten generations. Also featured is Poovalur Sriji on the mridangam.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-08-20
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kiu Haghighi with Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh: Persian Santour and Tombak Music from Illinois

    Persian hammered dulcimer (santour) virtuoso Kiu Haghighi is accompanied by Tooraj Moshref-Zadeh on the tombak, a Persian drum.

    • Contributor: Haghighi, Kiu
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-07-20
  • 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 life histories of extraordinary African American elders who have made significant contributions to American society, and the American Folklife Center is the official repository for these stories. The Library's signature event featured ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-02-22
  • Major League Tassa

    Major League Tassa performs Indo-Caribbean drumming and dance from Queens, New York, as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Tassa, Major League
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-01-31