• 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
  • Rediscover Northern Ireland 2008: I Am a Wee Weaver: Weaving and Singing in Northern Ireland

    Handloom weaving was dominated by men in 19th century Ireland. The Industrial Revolution changed that, enabling women to take the dominant role in the factory production of linen. In this talk, Maurice Leyden discusses the reasons for this historical shift, and the impact of this change on the traditions of singing and songwriting among weavers. To illustrate his lecture, Leyden sings songs composed by ...

    • Contributor: Leyden, Maurice
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-12-04
  • 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
  • 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
  • '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 sustained their uniquely American sound. The result was "The High Lonesome Sound," a classic 1963 documentary film than evocatively illustrates how music and religion help Appalachian people maintain their dignity and traditions ...

    • Contributor: Cohen , John
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-06-11
  • Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionan Sands in Concert

    Tommy Sands, with his daughter Moya and son Fionan, performed in concert as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program at the Library of Congress. This event was co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Folklife Center. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It is the main support for ...

    • Contributor: Sands, Tommy
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-10-09
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955

    While all other aspects of Yiddish culture existed wherever Ashkenazic Jews lived, it was only in America that radio realized its greatest and most fulfilling use by and for Jews. Yiddish scholar Henry Sapoznik discusses and shares some of the most memorable and powerful moments in this nearly lost world of ethnic American broadcasting. By exploring amazingly broad category of Yiddish radio shows -- ...

    • Contributor: Sapoznik, Henry
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-10-14
  • Not the Same Old(Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European Communities of the United States

    videorecording | videorecording; 52 min | Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. (Source). July 27, 2006. (Date). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barton, Matthew
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006
  • Decoration Day in the Mountains

    Decoration Day is a late spring or summer tradition that involves cleaning community cemeteries, decorating them with flowers, holding religious services in cemeteries, and having dinner on the ground. These commemorations seem to predate the post-Civil-War celebrations that ultimately gave us our national Memorial Day. Little has been written about this tradition, but it is still practiced widely throughout the Upland South, from North ...

    • Contributor: Jabbour, Alan
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-07-07
  • Hoop Dances by Dallas Chief Eagle and Jasmine Pickner

    Two first place World Hoop Dance Champions have joined together to model and dance a vision of male and female balance, harmony and respect as traditionally practiced by their ancestors. Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Sioux tribal member, and Jasmine Pickner of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe are both world-traveled hoop dancers. They performed as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-11-15
  • Flory Jagoda and Friends

    Flory Jagoda, with friends Susan Gaeta, Howard Bass, and Tina Chancey, performs traditional Sephardic music from the former Yugoslavia and other parts of the world as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The concert also marks the Library's celebration of Women's History Month.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2007-03-21
  • The Will to Adorn: Reflections on African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress

    Diana N'Diaye shares stories, observations, and insights from "The Will to Adorn," a community-centered research and public presentation project, which explores and examines the diversity of African American cultural identities as expressed through traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment.

    • Contributor: N'Diaye, Diana - N'Diaye, Diana Baird
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2013-01-30
  • 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
  • Unukupukupu Halau Hula

    Unukupukupu is the traditional Halau Hula (Hula School) of Hawai`i Community College, Hilo, Hawai`i. Here ancient dances and songs, rooted in the sacred `Aiha`a Pele (Ritual Dance of Volcanic Phenomena) intermingle with the rigor of academic inquiry. To experience the particular fiery style of hula termed `Aiha`a Pele, one is trained to call up the fire within the body and to dance until sweat ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-06-26
  • Old Cultures/New Contexts: Presenting the Traditional Music and Dance of Urban Immigrant Communities

    Ethnographer and performer Ethel Raim, co-founder and artistic director of New York's celebrated Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), discusses her five decades of work with community-based traditional artists in urban America. Beginning at a time when to most Americans "folk music" was practically synonymous with rural and Anglo-Saxon, Raim built on her own interests in Balkan music and dance to document and ...

    • Contributor: Raim, Ethel
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-06-20
  • 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