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Sally Van de Water and Hamza Masood pack Share Your Foodways kits at the REPLENISH warehouse.

AFC’s Homegrown Foodways Film Premiere: REPLENISH: Nourishing Neighbors through Community Food Equity

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

As part of our collaboration on the Homegrown Foodways in Central New Jersey film series, today is the premiere of the series' final film, REPLENISH: Nourishing Neighbors through Community Food Equity, which you can watch in this blog post or on the Library's YouTube channel. REPLENISH: Nourishing Neighbors brings viewers into the world of community food banks and food pantries, sharing the ways in which organizations, staff, and volunteers serve and strengthen their neighborhoods through food distribution and access to social services, such as housing support, job searches, health care, and more. This film also takes a deeper look at Middlesex County's Share Your Foodways program, detailing its inception during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two people cook in a kitchen

AFC’s Homegrown Foodways Film Premiere: Multigenerational Ukrainian Foodways with Roman Kovbasniuk

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

As part of the AFC’s Homegrown Foodways in Central New Jersey film series, this blog premieres the film "Multigenerational Ukrainian Foodways with Roman Kovbasniuk," which honors New Jersey's vibrant Ukrainian communities and their rich foodways traditions. Watch it in this blog post, or on the Library's YouTube channel!

Nasrin Rafiq (center) chats with Sally Van de Water (right) and Isha Vyas (left), in her home after filming an interview.

AFC’s Homegrown Foodways Film Premiere: Afghan Food and Women’s Empowerment with Nasrin Rafiq

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The following is a guest post by folklorist Sally Van de Water, Folklife Programs Manager, Division of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Arts Institute of Middlesex County, New Jersey. The AFC’s Homegrown Foodways in Central New Jersey film series is a collaboration with Van de Water and colleagues at the Division of Folklife and …

A man playing a guitar and singing to a close crowd of a dozen or so men and women

Announcing the AFC’s 2022 Homegrown Foodways in Central New Jersey Film Series

Posted by: Michelle Stefano

The following is a guest post by folklorist Sally Van de Water, Folklife Programs Manager, Division of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Arts Institute of Middlesex County, New Jersey. The post introduces AFC’s Homegrown Foodways in Central New Jersey film series, a collaboration with Van de Water and colleagues at the Division of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Arts Institute of Middlesex County.

A man playing a guitar and singing to a close crowd of a dozen or so men and women

“Show the Girls the Snakes!” – Watch as The Kitchen Sisters and Frances McDormand Charm the Library of Congress

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The American Folklife Center was delighted to relaunch our in-person Botkin Lectures on September 15 with a major event in the Coolidge Auditorium here at the Library of Congress. The evening presentation, which was part of the Live! At the Library series, featured the renowned documentarians The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) in conversation with their friend and collaborator, the Academy-Award-winning actor Frances McDormand.  Fortunately, if you were unable to attend -- or you want to hear it again – the entire event was recorded on video, and you can watch it right in this blog post!

A man playing a guitar and singing to a close crowd of a dozen or so men and women

New AFC Latinx and Latin American Research Guide : Navigating AFC Collections During National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by: Allina Migoni

The research guides from the American Folklife Center help researchers navigate the AFC collections by geographic region or by topic. One of our most recent guides, Latinx and Latin American Collections: Resources in the American Folklife Center, provides quick access to our Latinx and Latin American resources during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

A man playing a guitar and singing to a close crowd of a dozen or so men and women

Homegrown Plus Premiere: Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco from Mexico

Posted by: Stephen Winick

We're continuing the Homegrown Plus Premiere series with Tlacuatzin Son Huasteco, a trio playing one of the traditional music styles of eastern Mexico, known as son huasteco or huapango music; As is usual for the series, this blog post includes an embedded concert video, an interview video, and a set of related links to explore! Son huasteco music is built around two variants of the guitar, the jarana and the quinta huapanguera, as well as the violin and the voice. Son huasteco singing employs a distinctive falsetto style. Improvisation plays a strong role in this music, with each group adding their own lyrics and arrangements to a standard repertoire of songs. The result is acoustic string-band music that is both traditional and contemporary, with direct emotional appeal.

Four people wearing wicker animal masks

Homegrown Plus Premiere: The Armagh Rhymers’ Music and Rhyme from Ireland

Posted by: Stephen Winick

We're continuing the Homegrown Plus Premiere series with The Armagh Rhymers, one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. As is usual for the series, this blog post includes an embedded concert video, an interview video, and a set of related links to explore!

Five People holding musical instruments

Homegrown Plus Premiere: Vigüela’s Traditional Song and Music from Central Spain

Posted by: Stephen Winick

We're continuing the Homegrown Plus Premiere series with Vigüela, a a traditional folk quintet with a commitment to the rural musical traditions of central Spain. As is usual for the series, this blog post includes an embedded concert video, an interview video, and a set of related links to explore! Vigüela was established in the mid-1980s, after the Franco regime, by young people who looked to folk culture for a way to channel their creative desires while staying rooted in their local communities. Grounded in this history, the band members value their tradition and perform it with accuracy and energy, as a living music, full of joy. They play traditional Spanish music, including jotas, seguidillas, fandangos, and sones, using the centuries-old singing styles, dialects, and instruments of their region. That region is Castilla-La Mancha, the southern part of the Iberian plateau, sometimes called “the heart of Spain,” or “Don Quixote country.”