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The Lumbee Tribe and The National Museum of the American Indian

Last month, I visited the National Museum of the American Indian, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This museum, along with the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, is one of the newest additions … Continue reading

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Rural Gothic: The Pit & The Pool

A man arrived on our land, with two dead hogs on the bed of his Model A truck. My brother Henry called me from the doorway. With mud on his boots, he knew well not to track across our rugs. … Continue reading

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A Visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture…

When approaching the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the first thing I notice is its size. “Monolithic” comes to mind. On the National Mall of Washington, D.C., the trapezoidal prism encompasses five-acres. Its scale placed into … Continue reading

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The Little Known History of the Banjo: Interview with Greg C. Adams, Banjo Historian, Archivist, and Ethnomusicologist

Your cultural ideas about the banjo are incomplete. For many people, the banjo evokes several general understandings. It’s perceived as an instrument of old-time mountain music, bluegrass, and the mid-20th century Folk Revival. It’s quaint, it’s familiar, it’s “all-American,” and … Continue reading

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