7.0065 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife (1/46)

Fri, 18 Jun 1993 10:00:39 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0065. Friday, 18 Jun 1993.

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1993 14:17:12 -0500 (CDT)
From: emily socolov <socolov@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu>
Subject: "United States-Mexico Borderlands" at Festival

Excerpted from a Press Release dated June 7, 1993

_Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife_
The Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife will be held outdoors on
the National Mall, Thursday, July 1, through Monday, July 5. Festival
hours are 11a.m. to 5:30p.m., with a dance party until 7p.m. and a concert
from 7p.m. to 9p.m. every night. All events are free. For more
information call (202) 357-2700 (voice) or (202) 357-1729 (TTY).

There will be four programs at the Smithsonian's Festival of American
Folklife this year:

"United States-Mexico Borderlands" celebrates the cultural creativity of
various groups of people who live in the area defined by the U.S.-Mexico
border. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet some 85 people from the
region and to learn about their history, traditions, music, food,
occupations and crafts.

Artists will paint murals that depict border history and
contemporary life, fusing Chicano and Mexican imagery. Corrido singers
will perform traditional ballads of struggle, sing about border heroes and
improvise verses on current border events. Artisans who work with natural
fibers, paper, tin, animal skins and recycled materials will demonstrate
their crafts and discuss how they have adapted traditional skills to
establish an economic base and strengthen their cultural identity on the

Conjunto, norte~no and string bands will invite visitors to dance
in the marketplace. In narrative sessions, participants from different
regions of the border will tell stories, share experiences and discuss
border issues that affect their daily lives."

Other programs include:
American Social Dance
Kid's Stuff
Metro Music
Contact the Smithsonian for details....

Emily Socolov for FOLLAC (Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano y Caribe~no