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The tonir is the symbolic hearth of the Armenian home, where the skill of making lavash flatbread was traditionally passed on through the generations.
Photo by Sossi Madzounian, Smithsonian Institution
We would all gather around the tonir, talking, sharing, being aware of each other’s problems, helping. We were connected with each other.

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The Armenia: Creating Home program is made possible by the contributions of our partners. We are seeking additional support and contributions to enable maximum participation of Armenian artisans, cooks, musicians, performers, and others as well as to create an engaging and innovative exhibition space on the National Mall. Your sponsorship will help share Armenia’s culture with the public, honor the tradition bearers featured at the Festival, and tell the remarkable story of enduring cultural vitality.

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