Category Archives: Art

Kenyan Culture at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2014

Khanga Khanga, also known as leso, is a rectangular piece of cotton fabric in bright colors and bold designs used throughout Africa. It originated on the east African coast in the mid-1800s, and was brought to Kenya from India in … Continue reading

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This little town 26 miles east of Medellín is known for its giant 656-foot-high granite rock, Piedra del Peñol, 2 miles away, that draws rock climbers to the area. But, the town for me was the real reason to come—with … Continue reading

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Highlights of Hungary from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013

This year’s country for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival was Hungary. The focus was on eight regions of the country and folk art and traditions from these regions. Some of the highlights include wood working; textiles, including flower embroidery from Kalocsa, … Continue reading

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Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, was founded as protection against Portuguese Colonia (which was founded as protection against Spanish Buenos Aires). This capital of about a million and a half people is both large city with business district and small city with … Continue reading

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This southwestern-most state in India is the green, more laid-back, tropical part of India. The tranquil landscape of Wayanad District in the northern part of the state is composed of such sights as rice paddies, bamboo groves, wild elephants, and … Continue reading

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Sigiriya: The Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, in the center of Sri Lanka, is known for its rock fortress with fresco paintings. It was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century, but left to monks to be used as a Buddhist monastery for 900 years … Continue reading

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Osian (Rajasthan): Temple, Village, Landscape

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Rajasthani Villages: Street Scenes, Art, Life

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Bikaner: Fort Junagarh

Bikaner’s main attraction is its fort, Junagarh. It was built in 1589-1593, and is still occupied by the Bikaner royal family. Photos:

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Inuksuk, Inunnguaq, and Inuit

Inuksuk (or inukshuk) are stone structures built by Arctic peoples in North America. They have been found in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, and have come to represent a cultural symbol for the Inuit people. The word “inuksuk” means “something that … Continue reading

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