Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (1967-present, formerly the Festival of American Folklife) is an annual event on the National Mall. From its inception in 1967, the festival has featured performers, crafts people, and local community groups from across the country and around the world; it is a celebration of grassroots culture and occupations. This selection of images from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is from various years of the festival and is intended to convey the range of traditions and occupations represented. Images from early years were scanned from slides or negatives, while most images from 2002 onwards were taken with a digital camera.

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