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Washington DC Photo Gallery 37th Smithsonian Folklife...

37th Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a DC treasure, an outdoor cultural exhibit. Every summer for the past 37 years, the Smithsonian Institution transforms the National Mall into an outdoor museum of sounds, sights, and tastes. The 2003 Folklife Festival explores the cultural traditions of Mali, Scotland, and Appalachia. Exhibits include, Mali: From Timbuktu to Washington, Scotland at the Smithsonian, and Appalachia: Heritage and Harmony. Glimpses into the traditional and modern cultures represented at the 2003 Festival, are offered through craft and textile demonstrations, music performances, storytelling, an instructional kitchen, architecture, and much more. Skilled representatives from Mali, Scotland, and Appalachia come to the National Mall, creating a rare opportunity to learn first-hand about the exhibited cultures.

Visitors exploring the many tents filled with crafts, presentations, food, music, and the Washington Monument in the background

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In between Independence and Constitution Avenue on the National Mall, tents filled with the sights and sounds of Mali, Scotland, and Appalachia

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The tents of the Folklife Festival with the Smithsonian Castle towers in the background

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A view of the Washington Monument beyond the crowded tents of the festival

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Neat view of the Us Capitol through the Malian Adobe Gate

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The festival was spread out over every corner of the mall

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Elaborate structures were assembled to recreate architecture from these cultures

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The tents serve as gateway glimpses into the culture of Mali, Scotland, and Appalachia

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Crowds and Tents

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Crowds, tents and the Capitol

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Gallery: Scotland

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Gallery: Mali

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Gallery: Appalachia

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