Monthly Archives: September 2011


  Oktoberfest, the 16­­–18-day beer festival in Munich, Germany, is held every year from late September to the first weekend in October. It’s considered the world’s largest fair—with over 5 million people each year. This week, to observe the many … Continue reading

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Chawaytiri/Inka Road/Tinkay Ceremony

This week I attended a Smithsonian slide show talk and movie that Jose Barreiro, the assistant director of research, gave about his November 2010 journey on the Inka Road with the Chawaytiri, a Quechua-speaking community of weavers and herders in … Continue reading

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Timbuktu: History, Myth, and Culture

Continuing with last week’s desert theme, this week we’re in Timbuktu. Does it really exist? Can you really go there? The answer to both of these questions is yes. Known mostly in the West as a metaphor for a distant … Continue reading

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What’s So Hot about Burning Man?

“Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round … Continue reading

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