| This year's
(2002) Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall is the most ambitious
ever. It's theme is "The Silk Road," featuring the
cultures along that famed ancient trade route between the East (China
& Central Asia, with extensions to the Indian subcontinent) and the
West (Italy and Western Europe), through the Middle East (Turkey, Iran,
Iraq). More than 300 musicians, dancers, and artisans from some 25
nations along the fabled Silk Road are present on the Mall for the two
weeks of the Folklife Festival, demonstrating the living culture of their
Last Saturday (June 29th), it was my good fortune to wander the Eastern portion of the Silk Road Folklife Festival, taking a few photos which I now share with you:
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