On only the second Day Eleven in Folklife Festival history, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to conclude our long-awaited return to the National Mall. All day, Independence Day revelers wandered their way through the grounds from neighboring festivities and stumbled upon our oasis of engaging conversation and learning. We watched in awe as the textile artist from Mongolia packed up his yurt and carried it on his back through the grass, students from the Aaniiih Nakoda Tribal College deconstructed their tipi, and artists from the United Arab Emirates presented their finished works after two weeks of collaborations.
At Festival Foodways, we made chai karak (tea) and chbaab (Emirati pancakes) with Shamma Al Kamali for a late brunch, and feasted our eyes on UAE barbecue, Belizean lionfish, and traditional Omani and Bedouin cooking. NOON gave us one final, epic performance at Folklife Studio, and we closed our day learning about the future of sustainability across both the UAE and Earth Optimism.
It’s been an incredible two weeks on the National Mall celebrating the in-person return of culture of, by and for the people together. We’ve loved bringing you the top ten (or five), rain or shine, and want to thank our amazing photographers who captured these lasting memories from the Festival every day. To lead photographer Sonya Pencheva and volunteers Pruitt Allen, Jennifer Berry, Julie Byrne, Xueying Chang, Aaron Crabtree, Joshua Davis, Craig Fergus, Ethan Jordan, Phillip Lee, Daniel Martinez, Mark Roth, Yijo Shen, Stanley Turk, Peter Verastegui, Ronald Villasante, JB Weilepp, Josh Weilepp, and Mark C. Young—we couldn’t do this without you.
Stay tuned to the Festival Blog for more artist profiles, audio and video features, photo essays, recipes, and more, but in the meantime, this is Team Top Ten signing off.
Annabella Hoge is the 2022 Folklife Festival media intern, and Elisa Hough is the editor at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Together they are Team Top Ten.
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