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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1980 Festival of American Folklife

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Names:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (approximate)
Culture:
Afro-Caribbean cults  Search this
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Sound recordings
Slides (photographs)
Contracts
Notes
Digital images
Memorandums
Plans (drawings)
Audiotapes
Audiocassettes
Negatives
Photographic prints
Videotapes
Correspondence
Video recordings
Place:
Caribbean Area
Haiti
Jamaica
Virgin Islands
Costa Rica
Panama
Colombia
Gabon, -- Ngounié, -- Samba
Date:
October 8-13, 1980
Summary:
The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.
Scope and Contents note:
This collection documents the planning, production, and execution of the 1980 Festival of American Folklife. Materials may include photographs, audio recordings, motion picture film and video recordings, notes, production drawings, contracts, memoranda, correspondence, informational materials, publications, and ephemera. Such materials were created during the Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as well as in the featured communities, before or after the Festival itself.
Arrangement note:
Arranged in 7 series.

Series 1: Program Books, Festival Publications, and Ephemera

Series 2: American Talkers

Series 3: Caribbean Americans

Series 4: Community Activities and Food Preservation

Series 5: Finnish Americans

Series 6: Folk Housing and Energy Efficiency

Series 7: Southeast Asian Americans
Historical note:
The Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998.

The 1980 Festival of American Folklife was produced by the Smithsonian Office of Folklife Programs and cosponsored by the National Park Service.

For more information, see Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.
Introduction:
The 1980 Festival was the third to use "community" as its over-arching theme, and the last to be held in October. As with recent Festivals, it was held on a site on the National Mall later to be occupied by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, between 14th and 15th Streets and between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive (see site plan). It was also the first to be organized by the newly-established Office of Folklife Programs (1980-1992), successor to the former Folklife Program of the Office of American and Folklife Studies (1977-1980). The indoor programming in several museums that had characterized the 1977-1979 Festivals was discontinued and all activities were held outdoors.

When families and community groups gather to celebrate or to mourn, Festival Director Ralph Rinzler observed in the program book, they depend on traditional flavors, sounds, dances, and prayers to reinforce their sense of belonging, their group strength and cultural identity. At the annual Folklife Festival, the Smithsonian acknowledged the power of these traditions, which recall the value that Americans continue to place on being members of groups - familial, occupational, ethnic, regional, and religious. Festival organizers considered this recognition a step in the process of cultural conservation, in the belief that cultural variety, on a national and on a global scale, makes life itself more rewarding. Community and identity thus served as the twin poles around which Festival programs were organized.

The 1980 Festival (October 8-13) included a Caribbean Carnival with steel band and calypso competitions; Finnish Americans from northern Minnesota demonstrating a traditional "whip-sled" for children and such crafts as making Christmas tree ornaments from wood shavings; Southern carpenters building a traditional "dog trot" house; Southeast Asians demonstrating weaving, embroidery, stone carving, calligraphy; among others. The Festival asserted that rootedness is a tangible part of the fascination with history, our own or our country's or that of some distant place. This was seen as a part of life that everyone should value, and so the Festival not only celebrated customs and ways of doing things, but evoked the pride of being someone from somewhere. The 1980 Program Book provided information on each of the programs.

The 1980 Festival was again co-presented by the Smithsonian Institution and National Park Service, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Music Performance Trust Funds. It was organized by the Office of Folklife Programs.

Folklife Advisory Council

Wilcomb E. Washburn, Chairman, Roger Abrahams, Richard Ahlborn, Richard Dorson, William Fitzhugh, Lloyd Herman, Robert Laughlin, Scott Odell, Ralph Rinzler, Peter Seitel, Richard Sorenson, Thomas Vennum

Office of Folklife Programs

Ralph Rinzler, Director; Richard Derbyshire, Archivist; Susan Kalcik, Folklorist; Jeffrey LaRiche, Program Coordinator; Jack Santino, Folklorist; Peter Seitel, Senior Folklorist; Thomas Vennum, Ethnomusicologist; Steve Zeitlin, Folklorist

National Park Service

Russell E. Dickenson, Director; Manus J. Fish, Jr., Regional Director, National Capital Region
Fieldworkers and presenters:
Steve Addiss, John W. Berquist, Charley Camp, Amy Catlin, Dennis Coelho, Héctor Corporán, Amanda Dargan, Richard Flint, Marjorie Hunt, Geraldine Johnson, Fred Lieberman, Howard Marshall, Von Martin, Maxine Miska, Bill Moore, Elliott Parris, Leslie Prosterman, Arthur Rosenbaum, Jack Santino, Marta Schley, Katherine Williams, Margaret Yocom, Steven Zeitlin
Forms Part Of:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1980 Festival of American Folklife forms part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival records .

Smithsonian Folklife Festival records

Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: Papers

1967 Festival of American Folklife records - [Ongoing]
Related Archival Materials note:
Within the Rinzler Archives, related materials may be found in various collections such as the Ralph Rinzler papers and recordings, the Lily Spandorf drawings, the Diana Davies photographs, the Robert Yellin photographs, and the Curatorial Research, Programs, and Projects collection. Additional relevant materials may also be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives concerning the Division of Performing Arts (1966-1983), Folklife Program (1977-1980), Office of Folklife Programs (1980-1991), Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies (1991-1999), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present), and collaborating Smithsonian units, as well as in the administrative papers of key figures such as the Secretary and respective deputies. Users are encouraged to consult relevant finding aids and to contact Archives staff for further information.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Topic:
Food habits  Search this
Folklore  Search this
Folk art  Search this
arts and crafts  Search this
World music  Search this
Folk festivals  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Afro-Caribbeans  Search this
Santeria  Search this
Rumba (Dance)  Search this
Reggae music  Search this
Rastafarians  Search this
Carnivals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records
Sound recordings
Slides (photographs)
Contracts
Notes
Digital images
Memorandums
Plans (drawings)
Audiotapes
Audiocassettes
Negatives
Photographic prints
Videotapes
Correspondence
Video recordings
Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 1980 Festival of American Folklife, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.1980
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-cfch-sff-1980
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5 Gourd Vessels

Donor Name:
Charles C. Roberts  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Vessel
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1928-Dec-17
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
098913
USNM Number:
E341753-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8401752
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Trumpet (Ekutu)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Trumpet
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407368-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437333
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Drum (Igbin) And Beater

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Drum
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407399-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437367
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Figurine

Donor Name:
Museum Fuer Volkeskunde  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Figure
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1913-Jul-15
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
055702
USNM Number:
E279045-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8381819
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Figurine, Wood "Ere Ibesi"

Donor Name:
Estate of Ladd I. Johnson  Search this
Collector:
Ladd I. Johnson  Search this
Height:
24cm
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Figure
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1981-Apr-20
Collection Date:
1950
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
345292
USNM Number:
E421943-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8454736
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Drum (Omolu Jagede)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Drum
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407380-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437347
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Drum (Agere)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Drum
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407400-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437370
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Gourd Musical Instrument

Donor Name:
Charles C. Roberts  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Musical Instrument
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1931-Jan-23
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
113132
USNM Number:
E349705-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8403153
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Double Gong (Agogo Onibeji) And Beater

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Gong/Beater
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407362-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437327
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Pot

Donor Name:
Charles C. Roberts  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Pot
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1930-Jun-21
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
110352
USNM Number:
E349112-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8403027
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Flute (Tioko)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Flute
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407369-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437334
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Drum And Beater (Bembe Kerikeri)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Drum
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407382-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437349
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Small Pot Or Canteen

Donor Name:
Charles C. Roberts  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Canteen
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1930-Jun-21
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
110352
USNM Number:
E349115-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8403030
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Mask

Donor Name:
Charles C. Roberts  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Mask
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1930-Jun-21
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
110352
USNM Number:
E349150-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8403066
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Ankle Bell (Saworo 2

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Bell
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407357-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437321
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Twin Figure (Ibeji)

Donor Name:
Museum Fuer Volkeskunde  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Twin Figure
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1913-Jul-15
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
055702
USNM Number:
E279047-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8381821
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Wooden Figurine

Donor Name:
Charles C. Roberts  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Figure
Place:
Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1933-Oct-20
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
126102
USNM Number:
E368009-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8411467
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Flute (Tianko)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Flute
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407370-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437336
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Cordophone, Bridges, And Bow (Goje)

Donor Name:
Darius Thieme  Search this
Culture:
Yoruba  Search this
Object Type:
Cordophone
Place:
Southwest, Nigeria, Africa
Accession Date:
1967-Jun-08
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
256023
USNM Number:
E407372-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8437338
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