Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Colombia

This year's nation focus is Colombia. The nation displays offer a myriad of crafts, music, food and culture of the nation.

You can wander through the many booths which are arranged by national regions.

A woman spinning yarn from llama wool.

A native potter explaining her craft with the help of an interpreter.

A man demonstrating the custom of trimming the hair on a mule--who the hell knew?

Music performed in an impromptu concert by the crafts people who were just creating the instruments. This aspect of Colombian culture is from the Pacific coastal region.

Under the big tent Grupo Cabrestero performs traditional folk music of the plains region. They were so cute and talented. I sat there and just basked in their talents as a gentle breeze passed threw the tent.

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