September 23, 2021

Statues of Wonderland

Alice merits two statues in the park, and the caterpillar gets a make-over!

September 22, 2021

Gabra – Well Songs

Amongst the Gabra people of northeastern Africa, the dry season provides an opportunity for a ritual gathering of work and song.

September 21, 2021

Gabra – Dikhir

Dikhirs are spiritual chants intended to maintain harmony in world of the Gabra people.

September 20, 2021

Gabra – Out is Out

For the men of the Gabra, nomadic life demands separation from their families but it also affords an opportunity for friendship and freedom from social pressures.

September 17, 2021

Gabra – Order and Disorder

In the traditions of the nomadic Gabra people, order is kept through strict attention to ritual observances.

September 16, 2021

Gabra – Small Dry

Songs sung by these nomadic herders reflect a joy shared in togetherness amidst a harsh environment that demands separation.

September 15, 2021

Gabra – Night Music

In the east African Desert, women of a nomadic tribe fill the evening air with song.

September 14, 2021

Kuarup- Remembrance and Wrestling

The highlight of the 2-day Kuarup festival is a much anticipated but surprisingly non-competitive wrestling match.

September 13, 2021

Kuarup- Ritual

For residents of the upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon, the souls of the dead are at the center of an annual ceremony of dance and song.

September 10, 2021

Kuarup- Reunion

The Kuarup ceremony is cause for reunion among the nine villages which inhabit the upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon.

September 9, 2021

Casting Off Our Misdeeds

This ancient Jewish New Year’s tradition is an exercise in shedding the spiritual debris of the past year.

September 8, 2021

A Blast of the Ram’s Horn

The call of the shofar marks the start of the Jewish New Year and reminds observers to look inward.

September 7, 2021

High Holy Days

The week following Rosh Hashanah is when Jews repent for their transgressions of the previous year.

September 3, 2021

Celebration for a Nation of Immigrants

A festival imported to America from Ghana is a way of remembering the past, while contributing to the future.

September 2, 2021

Sound and Silence

The Ga people of Ghana remember the pain of famine and the celebration of harvest.

September 1, 2021

Tobacco Auction – Thumbs Up

A veteran auctioneer explains the intricacies of his craft.

August 31, 2021

Selling With a Song

Throughout the Southeastern states, August is the season for tobacco auctions.

August 30, 2021

Rodeo Bullriders

An eight-second ride can seem like forever.

August 27, 2021

Texas Hill Country Rodeo

There are lots of flashier rodeos, but this one’s the real deal.

August 18, 2021

From the Saddle at Saratoga

August is a busy month for thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, New York. Meet the folks who really know their way around the track — the jockeys.

August 17, 2021

The Erie County Fair

Celebrating rural American at of of our largest county fairs.

August 16, 2021

Like Going to Camelot

New York’s Erie County Fair evokes a sense of idyllic happiness.

August 2, 2021

Sealing our Fate, Just Like Birds

An elaborate Indonesian death ritual takes its cues from the mating habits of the Hornbill bird.

July 20, 2021

Hajj: Sacred Gathering

Millions of Muslim pilgrims gather this week in Mecca, in a gathering which transcends the barriers of caste, color, race and gender.

July 19, 2021

Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca

At least once in their lives, all Muslims who are physically and financially able are enjoined to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

July 18, 2021

Sound and Silence

The Ga people of Ghana remember the pain of famine and the celebration of harvest.

July 18, 2021

Celebration for a Nation of Immigrants

A festival imported to America from Ghana is a way of remembering the past, while contributing to the future.

July 18, 2021

Texas Hill Country Rodeo

There are lots of flashier rodeos, but this one’s the real deal.

July 18, 2021

Rodeo Bullriders

An eight-second ride can seem like forever.

July 18, 2021

The Erie County Fair

Celebrating rural American at of of our largest county fairs.

July 18, 2021

From the Saddle at Saratoga

August is a busy month for thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, New York. Meet the folks who really know their way around the track — the jockeys.

July 18, 2021

Like Going to Camelot

New York’s Erie County Fair evokes a sense of idyllic happiness.

July 18, 2021

Sealing our Fate, Just Like Birds

An elaborate Indonesian death ritual takes its cues from the mating habits of the Hornbill bird.

July 5, 2021

Sounds of July Fourth

Fireworks, marching bands, and words from some famous Americans.

June 30, 2021

Sirius rising

For ancient Egyptians, the appearance of the constellation Sirius in the dawn sky marked the beginning of an important annual event.

June 25, 2021

Siberian Throat Singing

Some remarkable music is a highlight at the annual Tun Payram festival.

June 24, 2021

The Black Saint

Black Venezuelans have introduced an African icon into a festival honoring St. John.

June 23, 2021

Trance Dancing and Promesas

An icon is said to hold the power to grant promises.

June 22, 2021

Dia De San Juan

A Venezuelan festival honoring a Catholic saint has taken on a decidedly African flavor.

June 18, 2021

Butter Mythology

The food millions of people spread on their toast every morning has inspired legends in many cultures.

June 17, 2021

Making Your Own Butter

Learn how to churn your own butter at home.

June 16, 2021

Butter Making

When it comes to making butter, older methods may be better.

June 8, 2021

Awakening the Earth with Dance

An old English folk form that is thriving on both sides of the Atlantic.

May 31, 2021

A German – Native American Musical Hybrid

The Waila music of the Tohono O’odham Native Americans in southern Arizona sounds surprisingly like polkas, and there’s a good reason why.

May 28, 2021

Waila – A Party With Deep Roots

When the Tohono O’odham Native Americans dance to Waila, their traditional social music, the party lasts all night.

May 27, 2021

Waila – the Desert People Celebrate

The Tohono O’odham Native Americans of southern Arizona believe that everything in the desert – humans, animals and plants – must be treated with reverence.

May 21, 2021

Firewalking

On St. Constantine’s Day, worshippers walk across hot coals. How do they do it?

May 18, 2021

The Power of Celebration

For African slaves in the Hudson Valley, the colonial Pinkster celebration offered a rare opportunity for reuniting with family and friends.

May 17, 2021

The Slave King

During the week-long Pinskter celebration in colonial times, Angolan King Charles assumed his royal status.

May 14, 2021

Hambone

Banned from playing drums, African slaves found other ways of performing traditional rhythms.