Check out other photos from June 27, 2013, right here on the Smithsonian Folklife blog.
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Photo by @TheNationalMall
Today, the National Mall in Washington D.C. went from open field to bustling international village as the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival opened to the public.
One of the three major themes this year is “One World, Many Voices,” put on in partnership with the Enduring Voices Project, our collaborative project with National Geographic. Representatives of some of the world’s most endangered languages are gathering in the U.S. capitol for ten days of cultural celebration and dialogue.
K. David Harrison, our Director of Research and one of the curators of the festival, just did a great interview with Nat Geo NewsWatch about the festival! Check it out right here.
Explore the One World, Many Voices story map, encounter speakers of endangered languages from around the world, and learn what they are doing to save their languages.
Produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in collaboration with Esri. Special thanks to Anne Pedersen and Eliot Reiniger, Smithsonian Institution; K. David Harrison and Jeremy Fahringer, National Geographic Society Enduring Voices Project / Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages; Lee Bock and Allen Carroll, Esri.
Map launched as part the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013.
One World, Many Voices
Of the nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the world today—many of them unrecorded—up to half may disappear in this century. As languages vanish, communities lose a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human mind.
The One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will highlight language diversity as a vital part of our human heritage. Cultural experts from communities around the world will demonstrate how their ancestral tongues embody cultural knowledge, identity, values, technologies, and arts.
Through performances, craft demonstrations, interactive discussion sessions, community celebrations, and hands-on educational activities, highly skilled musicians, storytellers, singers, dancers, craftspeople, language educators, and other cultural practitioners will come together on the National Mall to share their artistry, knowledge, and traditions; to discuss the meaning and value of their languages to their cultural heritage and ways of life; and to address the challenges they face in maintaining the vitality of their languages in today’s world.
Festival visitors will be able to talk with Kalmyk epic singers and Tuvan stone carvers from Russia, Koro rice farmers from India, Passamaquoddy basketmakers from Maine, Kallawaya medicinal healers and textile artists from Bolivia, Garifuna drummers and dancers from Los Angeles and New York, and many others.
When a language disappears, unique ways of knowing, understanding, and experiencing the world are lost forever. The expert culture bearers participating in the One World, Many Voices program will richly illustrate these different ways of knowing and show how cultural and language diversity enrich the world.
The One World, Many Voices program is produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in collaboration with UNESCO, the National Geographic Society’s Enduring Voices Project, and the Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices Initiative.
47th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall,
Washington D.C., USA.
June 26-June 30 and July 3-July 7, 2013
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Evening events 5:30 p.m.
A full schedule will be available in June 2013.