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The Proud Kalinago of Dominica

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The Proud Kalinago of Dominica

The Kalinago, previously known as the Caribs, are a proudly independent group of people who emigrated from South America to the Caribbean islands around the 13th century. Their skills as boat builders and sailors helped them expand their territory so that by the time the Spanish arrived two centuries later, they were the dominant culture on the islands. Today, most of the remaining 3,500 or so Kal
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-19   1382 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-19

Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 1 of 2

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Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 1 of 2

Today, we will take you to Âu Lạc (Vietnam), to explore and enjoy the poetic and alluring beauty of the Moon Lute, a folk musical instrument classified as one of the national treasures of this beautiful country. The Moon Lute has other names such as “Kìm” Lute, Double-stringed Lute or Gentleman Lute. From its moon-shaped body, it was named the Moon Lute. The Moon Lute came to Âu Lạc during the Lý
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22   1352 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22

Traditional Musical Instrutment: The Ukrainian Bandura

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Traditional Musical Instrutment: The Ukrainian Bandura

The Bandura was believed to be a companion of humanity, producing heavenly reverberations to comfort our souls in this material world. This exceptional instrument originates from the spiritual culture of the ancient Sumero-Akkadian civilization. The Akkadians played early versions of the Bandura in their religious events as well as in festivities and for entertainment. Later, the charming instrume
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-04   1226 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-04

Zaouli: Côte d'Ivoire's Mesmerizing Mask Dance

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Zaouli: Côte d'Ivoire's Mesmerizing Mask Dance

Dance is an integral part of the African culture, and today we are delighted to share with you a very exceptional and unique dance form from West Africa. Zaouli is regarded as a homage to feminine beauty. The dance was created in the 1950s by the Gouro, an ethnic group in the midwestern part of Côte d’Ivoire, with each Gouro village having a prized Zaouli dancer. The dance and accompanying music w
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-08   1074 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-08

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Swiss Alphorn

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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Swiss Alphorn

Also known as the alpenhorn or alpine horn, the alphorn is a traditional wooden wind instrument that delivers natural tones. Historically it is known as a means of communication among shepherds, who often play it in the evening to call their cows to return home, as its resonating sound can travel for miles, ushering in the falling dusk. The instrument has no lateral openings, making the sound it p
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-29   1071 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-29

The Sublime Beauty of Traditional Thai Dance

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The Sublime Beauty of Traditional Thai Dance

Located in Southeast Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country steeped in rich cultural traditions. The name “Thailand” means “land of the free.” In this auspicious nation, one of the earliest signs of human existence was found. Through the centuries, the influence of neighboring countries such as India, China, and Cambodia have helped shape Thailand’s diverse and colorfu
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24   1040 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 2 of 2

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Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 2 of 2

As mentioned in the previous episode, Hawaiian mythologies, history, genealogies, and traditions were passed down from generation to generation through chant, or “oli,” and accompanying dance called “hula.” Today we are honored to have on our show Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) and choreographer, Ms. Nawahine Kuraoka. Ms. Kuraoka is here to share with us her knowledge of the beautiful hula dance.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13   1015 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13

Bulgarian Folk Melodies: Harmonies of the Soul, Part 2 of 2

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Bulgarian Folk Melodies: Harmonies of the Soul, Part 2 of 2

An artistic people, Bulgarians hope to better the world through music and dance. Thus, it’s no wonder that Bulgarian folk singing is recognized as a national treasure. Now Let's hear a famous traditional folk song called “Dilmano Dilbero,” performed by Le Mystѐre des Voix Bulgares, or The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices. A major aspect of Bulgarian folklore is the fact that its music and song Lyri
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-01   981 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-01

Holy Songs: Mongolian Spiritual Songs

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Holy Songs: Mongolian Spiritual Songs

The Mongolian people are devout spiritual seekers. Their sincerity in searching for spiritual elevation is expressed through many songs that praise and worship the Divine. Today, we would like to introduce three of these sacred songs. The first, “Khelkhee Ayalguu,” is a folk song that was performed by M. Saruultugs of the Erdenet Ensemble at the 2nd International Artist Day Celebration concert, “A
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-22   963 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-22

Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

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Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

Among the Austronesian peoples of the world, the Bunun aboriginal group of Taiwan (Formosa) lives at the northernmost and highest point on Earth. They are known as the patron saints of Yushan Mountain, the island's tallest mountain. They have an orally-based culture with no written language, and they are also the ethnic group with the most ceremonies among Taiwan (Formosa)'s aborigines. Today, we
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11   917 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11

Holy Songs: Uplifting Ethiopian Songs

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Holy Songs: Uplifting Ethiopian Songs

Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest countries. In today’s show, we are delighted to share with you three Ethiopian worship songs in Amharic. The First song is called, “Holy Spirit,” performed by Zuriyash Tsega W/Tensai and Samuel T Michael. The song expresses one’s deep longing for the radiant presence of the Holy Spirit. Our next song is “Igziabeher’s Peace” composed by Mesfin Gutu, and perform
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-12   902 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-12

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

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Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

Germany stretches across Western and Central Europe, covering about 357,000 square kilometers and shares its borders with nine other European countries. With a population of more than 80 million people, Germany is the second-most populous state in Europe after Russia. Germany’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world, and the German approach is considered a role model for other nations to follow
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27   773 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27

Traditonal Musical Instrument: Taiko - The Heartbeat of Japan

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Traditonal Musical Instrument: Taiko - The Heartbeat of Japan

In Japanese “Taiko” means the “great drum.” For generations, the method of taiko playing has been taught and passed on by grand masters. In varying shapes and sizes, taiko drums have long been a part of Japanese cultural, religious, and musical traditions. The art of taiko drumming is known for its tightly choreographed movements similar to martial arts. The instrument’s fluid, powerful, and rhyth
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-26   740 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-26

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 1 of 2

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Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 1 of 2

The hula dance is an integral part of Hawaiian culture, and dates back 1,500 years ago, when the ancient Polynesians voyaged to Hawaii. In ancient Hawaii, there were different dances for various occasions. One of the rules in Hula dancing is “Kuhi no ka lima, hele no ka maka” or “Where the hands move, there let the eyes follow.” In other words, a dancer should always watch their hands at all times
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-06   723 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-06

The Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

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The Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

The word Ainu means human in the Ainu language. Ainu mainly reside on Japan’s Hokkaido Island, with a very small number living in Russia. The traditional dress is comprised of a robe covered with geometric patterns. Genetic studies certainly reveal a fascinating picture of the Ainu people’s ancestry. It is thought that the Ainu are descendants of the Jōmon people whose culture flourished between 1
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15   701 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15

Holy Songs: Devotional Hindu Songs

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Holy Songs: Devotional Hindu Songs

Our program today will feature Hindu songs composed and performed by Mr. Ramanathan Brahmanandam, a respected Hindu scholar and musician. He is also a compassionate vegetarian, who practices ahimsa (nonviolence) to aid his own Self-realization. Apart from being a distinguished scholar of Hinduism, Mr. Brahmanandam is also well-versed in the classical music tradition of South India. He composes and
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27   698 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27

Holy Songs - Russian Orthodox Chants

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Holy Songs - Russian Orthodox Chants

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. Russia is a multi-continental country stretching from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia and spanning eleven time zones, it is the largest country in the world by area. Russian Orthodoxy has been the main religion for a mi
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-03   692 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-03

Holy Songs: Joyful Bangladeshi Melodies

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Holy Songs: Joyful Bangladeshi Melodies

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. In today’s show, we are delighted to share with you three Buddhist Songs from Bangladesh. The first song is called “Lumbini Kanon,” which praises the Lord Buddha. “Lumbini Kanon is a flower. The name is Buddha. In the s
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-22   689 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-22

The Timeless Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

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The Timeless Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prominent architects in American history. During his lifetime, he designed over 1,000 structures, including churches, schools, museums, and residential houses, eight of which were acknowledged as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in July 2019. Mr. Wright is recognized as “the greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects. His desi
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-29   665 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-01-29

The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

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The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

Today, we present some highlights of the Sámi culture, an indigenous culture present in the northernmost Nordic countries and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. Traditionally, the bond between the Sámi and the natural land has been profound and sacred. They have historically lived their lives in accordance with nature. Deeply grounded in the understanding that from the earth
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21   660 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21
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