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    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 - Bishop, Julia C. - Bradtke, Elaine - Cass, Eddie - McKean, Thomas A. - Walser, Robert Young - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-04-23
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    The Stations that Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance (Day 1) Leading Yiddish language and culture experts joined media scholars and Library of Congress specialists to address Yiddish radio in America: its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy. (Day 1)
    • Contributor: Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman ... Various - Apelbaum, Laura Cohen - Barton, Matthew - Gevinson, Alan - Goldsmith, Emanuel S. - Gottesman, Itzik Nakhmen - Hoog, Ann - Isaacs, Miriam - Jochnowitz, Eve - Joselit, Jenna Weissman - Mayrent, Sherry L. - Newman, Roberta - Pearlstein, Peggy K. - Rein, David M. - Russo, Alexander - Sapoznik, Henry - Seigel, Amanda - Sokolow, Pete - Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron - Ticktin, Max D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Yiddish of Greater Washington Inc - University of Wisconsin. Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture
    • Date: 2012-09-06
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    The Singing and Praying Bands concert
    American Folklife Center concert, 2012-08-23 | Singing and Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland : a sacred service from the African American Methodist prayer meetings and camp meetings of the mid-Atlantic Tidewater | Homegrown 2012, the music of America
    Video recording and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on August 23, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The ministry of the Singing and Praying Bands takes place in host churches, often at a camp meeting after an evening preaching service is over. Members line out a hymn, pray a prayer, ...
    • Contributor: Singing and Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012
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    Spyros Koliavasilis & Karpouzi Trio: Music from Greece & Asia Minor The Karpouzi Trio plays music on traditional instruments from the Greek mainland and islands. The band loves to play for dance parties and community celebrations, and always, even in concerts, invites the audience out of their seats and onto the dance floor. Karpouzi members are Spyros Koliavasilis (vocals, oud, and the Cappadocian lyra or kemane), Margaret Loomis (santouri), and Len Newman (laouto).
    • Contributor: Various
    • Date: 2014-05-07
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    Negrura Peruana Negrura Peruana perform Afro-Peruvian music and dance from Connecticut, another in the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Peruana, Negrura - Negrura Peruana (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Institute for Community Research (Hartford, Conn.)
    • Date: 2005-10-12
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    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, a two-stringed fiddle, and by Chen Yihan, playing the pipa, a pear-shaped lute.
    • Contributor: Yao, Ann - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2011-07-27
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    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" - Super Chikan - Morrisey, Larry - Daddy Rich - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2006-05-23
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    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 - Dunaway, David King - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-03-19
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    Ruz?e Dalmatinke concert
    American Folklife Center concert, 2012-07-18 | Ruže Dalmatinke : traditional Croatian singing from Washington state | Homegrown 2012, the music of America
    Video recording and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on July 18, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. From the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, Dalmatia, Croatia, Marija Damjanovic Franulovich and her family immigrated to the United States after World War II. The group Ruže Dalmatinke is ...
    • Contributor: American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012
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    Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions for Education Stereotypes, inaccuracies and inappropriate representations of Native Americans continue to abound in American society today. Reflecting on his 20 years of experience working in the field of American Indian education, the Edwin Schupman explores examples, causes and implications of the current state of awareness about Native peoples and issues.
    • Contributor: Schupman, Edwin - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-08-05
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    Belfast's Linen Hall Library John Killen brings to life the collections of this unique Irish institution. The Linen Hall Library was envisioned as the archive of its community; its mission statement, written on 1 January 1795, outlines its goals: "The object of this society is the collection of an extensive Library, Philosophical Apparatus and such productions of Nature and Art as tend to improve the mind and excite ...
    • Contributor: Killen, John
    • Date: 2011-11-29
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    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
    • Date: 2011-05-05
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    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 - Cooper, Jim - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-10-17
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    Barbara Lynn & Friends Barbara Lynn & Friends perform Texas rhythm and blues at the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Lynn, Barbara - Rucker, Sarah - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - American Folklife Center - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2009-11-18
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    Folklore's Champion: Ben Botkin Among Benjamin Botkin's accomplishments, the gathering of slave narratives has received the greatest amount of attention, though not always with his name attached. As folklore editor of the Federal Writers Project, and later head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, Botkin guided the fieldworkers who collected the narratives, amassed and edited the raw materials, and produced 17 bound volumes ...
    • Contributor: Abrahams, Roger - Abrahams, Roger D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-08-15
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    New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy, Part 1 The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just ...
    • Contributor: Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (Alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura ... Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (Alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura - Kalin, Andrea - Katzman, Laura - Kazin, Michael - Kerst, Catherine Hiebert - McDannell, Colleen - Morgan, Mindy J. - Peatross, C. Ford - Rachleff, Peter J. - Remsberg, Rich - Sapoznik, Henry - Tidwell, John Edgar - Wiltsey, Tom - Zvonchenko, Walter - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress - National New Deal Preservation Association - United States. National Archives and Records Administration
    • Date: 2008-03-13
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    Translating Africa in Global Contexts Although African myths and folktales have long been trivialized as childish, translators today are revealing new insights, which show that Africa led the world in the invention of the most sophisticated literary styles. Critics now particularly value the figurality, or use of metaphor, which dominates the African literary imagination. The ethics and politics of translating African oral literature, or folklore, are a microcosm of ...
    • Contributor: Haring, Lee - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-09-22
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    Traditional Classical Persian Music A concert of traditional classical Persian music by Nader Majd & Farshid Mahjour.
    • Contributor: Majd, Nader - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress. Music Division
    • Date: 2014-04-16
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    Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor: Flatpick Guitar and Fiddle Music from Kanawha County, West Virginia
    American Folklife Center concert, 2012-08-16 | Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger, and Bobby Taylor : flatpick guitar and fiddle music from Kanawha County, West Virginia | Homegrown 2012, the music of America
    Video recording, sound recording, and photographs of a concert in the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress on August 16, 2012 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. traditional musicians, have played together over many years at various musical events in the Valley and throughout West Virginia. Musicians from Kanawha County, West Virginia, influenced by Clark Kessinger, a world ...
    • Contributor: Kessinger, Robin - Shafer, Robert - Taylor, Bobby ((Fiddler)) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) - Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012
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    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.
    • Contributor: Chandramouli, Sreevidhya - Srinivasan, Poovalur V. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2009-08-20
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    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 - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-09-23
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    The Sama Ensemble The Sama Ensemble performed traditional Iranian music and dance as part of the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
    • Contributor: Ensemble, Sama - Analouei, Ali Reza - Khorasani, Naser - Sama (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-04-25
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    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 - Reverb (Vocal Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2007-02-07
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    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 - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2012-09-26
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    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 lengths. The slats are secured over two rows of calabash gourds, which serve as natural amplifiers. Each gourd is punctured with small holes over which Balla places thin plastic tape. The vibrating ...
    • Contributor: Kouyate, Balla - Kouyaté, Balla - World Vision (Musical Group) - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Millennium Stage
    • Date: 2010-04-28