• 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
  • Opalanga Pugh: African-American Storytelling from Colorado with Askia Toure on Voice and Drum

    Opalanga Pugh presents traditional African-American storytelling from Colorado, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.

    • Contributor: Pugh, Opalanga
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-05-28
  • McIntosh County Shouters: Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout from Georgia

    The McIntosh County Shouters perform Gullah-Geechee Ring Shout at a concert at the Library.

    • Contributor: Mcintosh County Shouters
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2010-12-02
  • 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
  • Natasinh Dancers and Musicians

    The Natasinh Dancers and Musicians performed Lao music and dance from Iowa, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The Lao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa, based in Des Moines, is a group of Lao dancers and musicians trained in the Natasinh style of performance--the traditional forms, techniques and character of performing arts taught at the Ecole National de ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2006-07-26
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "It's Of My Rambles..." A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster

    Len Graham presented a lecture titled "'It's Of My Rambles...' A Journey in the Song Tradition of Ulster" as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program. Graham explored the folk song tradition of his native Ulster. His talk was interspersed with live performances of songs in English on many themes, including early classic ballads, broadside ballads, and songs of love, politics, emigration and many ...

    • Contributor: Graham, Len
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2008-11-06
  • 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
  • Archie Green Memorial: Remembering Archie

    The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress hosted a two-day event including a tribute, a symposium, and a concert, honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson, and celebrating the acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection by the Center's archive. The multifaceted event featured spoken tributes, musical performances, panel discussions, and rare glimpses at archival treasures, and was ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-09-10
  • Living and Building Between Tradition and Change: Vernacular Architecture in Northern Sweden

    Architect and folklorist Mats Widbom presented his research on the traditional building culture of Dalecarlia in Northern Sweden. In particular, he explored how the parstuga (double house) has been used and rebuilt over time in the parish of Lima. His research demonstrates that traditional culture, as expressed in architecture, is not something permanent; it need not have a particular appearance and derivation from the ...

    • Contributor: Widbom, Mats
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2009-03-24
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification

    The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body ...

    • Contributor: Cucolo, Ginger
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2012-01-26
  • '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
  • 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
  • Blind Boys of Alabama II

    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
  • Cantos de mi canton (Songs from My Home): Chicano Music from California

    In a concert in celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, Agustin Lira and Alma & Quetza perform.

    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 2011-09-14
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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