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Smithsonian Folk Life Festival

Different exhibits display important cultural elements from many parts of the world.

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Wales is the featured country at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Numerous tents are set up for visitors to see and learn about the Welsh culture.

Wales is the featured country at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Numerous tents are set up for visitors to see and learn about the Welsh culture.1Picture by Lorena KowalewskiTextiles have a big impact on the economy of Wales. The sheeps wool is vital to continuing the production. A little girl is examining the wool and how it is spun into string.2Picture by Lorena KowalewskiRugby is considered by many to be the national sport of Wales.3Picture by Lorena KowalewskiLeaders of the youth organization, The Urdd, teach young children different techniques of how to throw a ball common in Wales.4Picture by Lorena KowalewskiSome of Wales popular beers are served to those over the age of 21. 5Picture by Lorena KowalewskiThe Welsh language is very different from English, including many more consonants.6Picture by Lorena KowalewskiThe citizens of Wales grow their own food and incorporate many organic plants and lots of sea food.7Picture by Lorena KowalewskiPottery used to be an important symbol of the home, but now factories produce products more quickly than humans.8Picture by Lorena KowalewskiHome remedies are common and herbal medicine is used to solve everyday ailments. Rose petals were an ingredient used in herbal medicine in the past. 9Picture by Lorena KowalewskiTraditional and modern poetry and stories are presented for people to enjoy.10Picture by Lorena KowalewskiIn the Giving Voice part of the festival, African-American poets and story tellers recite their own pieces.11Picture by Lorena KowalewskiMany native Washingtonians are present and share their poems.12Picture by Lorena Kowalewski Las Americas focuses on the musical aspect of Hispanic culture.13Picture by Lorena KowalewskiString instruments are prominent in Spanish music.14Picture by Lorena KowalewskiThe audience is allowed and encouraged to dance to the music.15Picture by Lorena KowalewskiSome bands have their own dancers to dazzle the crowd.16Picture by Lorena Kowalewski
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