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Honoring the beautiful indigenous cultures that have graced our planet in the past and present, featuring festive dances, traditional music and an abundance of colorful clothing, artwork, plus timeless spirituality reminding us of our original nature and harmonious relationship with the universe.

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

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

“The advantage of the Moon Lute is in its performance techniques including loud, soft, long, short notes, and fluttering and snapping sounds with significant depth. When playing the Moon Lute, we have to be dedicated, and make an effort to find its unique features. Otherwise, if we just play it casually, then we can’t make use of all the features of the instrument.” “When the Moon Lute is played,
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-29   167 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-29

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   235 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22

The Heiltsuk of British Columbia: Take a little, Leave a Lot

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The Heiltsuk of British Columbia: Take a little, Leave a Lot

During our time together, we will learn about a resourceful group of individuals in Western Canada called the Heiltsuk. Most of the Heiltsuk today live in the village of Bella Bella. The Heiltsuk have a well-defined code of ethics and morality, which has historically been taught through their oral tradition, music, dance, and artwork. The word Heiltsuk literally means “to speak or act correctly,”
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-21   172 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-21

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   234 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15

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   314 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24

The Resourceful Dorze People of Ethiopia

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The Resourceful Dorze People of Ethiopia

The Dorze live in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia and have a population of about 30,000. Living approximately 2,600 meters above sea level, this hospitable community is renowned for its creative members who are skillful cotton weavers and builders. The Dorze are famous for the architectural design and construction of their homes. The residences are 6 – 12 meters high and are made in the sh
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-12   161 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-12

Bermuda - A Happy Place to Be

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Bermuda - A Happy Place to Be

In today’s show, we will explore the history, culture, and natural wonders of Bermuda. Located in the North Atlantic off the east coast of North America, Bermuda is the oldest British colony. The water at beaches in Bermuda is always crystal-clear year round, making it a perfect relaxing destination for holiday vacations. Bermuda has a population of about 63,000 people, inheriting colorful culture
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-03   187 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-03

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   228 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27

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   588 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13

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   232 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-06

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   452 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-29

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   557 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-22

El Salvador’s Indigenous Peoples – Jewels of the Nation

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El Salvador’s Indigenous Peoples – Jewels of the Nation

EI Salvador is in Central America and has the Pacific Ocean to the west, Guatemala to the north, and Honduras to the east. The Pipil people, who are the predominant indigenous group in the country, refer to their territory in Western EI Salvador as Cuscatlán, meaning “The Place of Jewel Necklaces.” Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to visit this exquisite nation will agree that it is a land
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-15   301 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-15

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Delightful European Recorder

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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Delightful European Recorder

The recorder sings, excites, and soothes across the ranges of the upper musical spectrum. Historical mentions of the recorder, a member of the woodwind family, began to appear during the Renaissance in the 16th century. After a quiet interlude spanning several decades, the recorder was brought back into the mainstream at the end of the 19th century by certain virtuoso players such as Frans Brüggen
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-08   266 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-08

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   734 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-04-01

Bulgarian Folk Melodies: Harmonies of the Soul, Part 1 of 2

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Bulgarian Folk Melodies: Harmonies of the Soul, Part 1 of 2

Since ancient times, singing has been mainly a female attribute in Bulgaria, while men mostly serve as instrumentalists. The powerful resonance, range, texture, and its penetrating quality are the most distinct characteristics of the Bulgarian voice. The songs are mostly traditional folk ballads, with the lyrics emphasizing people’s everyday feelings and lives. This simple, yet “straight from the
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-25   381 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-25

The Waorani People – Pioneers and Protectors of the Amazon

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The Waorani People – Pioneers and Protectors of the Amazon

Ecuador hosts a portion of the magnificent Amazon rainforest and is also home to the native Waorani people, also known as the Huaorani, Waodani, or the Waos. Like other indigenous tribes across the globe, the Waorani have a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment. The forest is their beloved space, and they rely on nature for sustenance, water, safety, emotional fulfillment, and comfor
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-18   280 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-18

The Tradition of Respecting the Elderly, Part 2 of 2

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The Tradition of Respecting the Elderly, Part 2 of 2

Senior citizens are an invaluable source of precious wisdom and provide us with love, understanding, and advice whenever we are in need. In Greek culture, elders are associated with wisdom and closeness to God. In ancient times, sages and oracles were mostly associated with the wise older men and women. It was noted in the history of ancient Sparta that politeness for elders was customary. In Anci
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-11   334 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-11

The Tradition of Respecting the Elderly, Part 1 of 2

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The Tradition of Respecting the Elderly, Part 1 of 2

In this 2-part program, we celebrate the cultural traditions of respecting elders around the world across various religions. In Asian societies, honoring elders is one of the fundamental principles. For example, in the Chinese culture, there is a saying, “among hundreds of moral behaviors, the virtue of being filial comes first” The long tradition of Filial Virtue or Filial Piety is considered the
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-04   261 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-03-04

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   516 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-02-26
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