The Cultural Significance of Dia de Muertos

Dia de Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead, is traditional Mexican holiday in which we come together to celebrate and commemorate our friends, family and loved ones who have departed. This annual holiday includes a special altar, the cleaning and decorating of graves, eating traditional foods such as pan de muerto and coming together to remember and celebrate those who have passed.

Perhaps you know of this holiday, but have never heard of the special meanings behind this celebration, such as the various offerings at the altars. Luckily, our neighbors from the Dia de Muertos Committee are here to help us by explaining some of the cultural significances behind this special holiday!


ENGLISH

Perhaps some will find it difficult to imagine that a celebration full of colors and bright motifs such as food, drinks and music represents a celebration that refers to death. However, year after year we commemorate the Day of the Dead. We we take this opportunity to approach our loved ones that have passed away and celebrate the life they had. We invite you to learn more about our tradition and join us in celebration!

This celebration of life is and the celebration of death are inseparable. The feast of the Day of the Dead is the result of our pre-Hispanic legacy and the elements of the Catholic religion derived from the Spanish occupation in Mexico. It is one of the most symbolic celebrations of the Mexican culture.

Dia de Muertos altar at the 2017 Northwest Folklife Festival | Photo by Christopher Nelson

One of the tributes offered to our dead is an offering (altar) to show them that they are still present beyond death. The offerings are a fundamental part of the rituals of the festival, and each of the elements that comprise them contain multiple meanings. For example water is placed on the altar so that the deceased quench their thirst. The candles are placed so that souls can find their way and the aroma of copal incense and guide the souls towards the offering. The paper picado symbolizes the wind and the sugar skulls are replicas of the human skulls. The salt is an element of purification and prevents the body from being corrupted in its journey given its color the flowers “cempasuchil” represent the sun that guides the soul of the deceased.

SPANISH

Tal vez a muchos les costara imaginar que una celebracion llena de colores y motivos alegres tales como la comida , bebida y música represente una celebracion que se refiere a la muerte ,año  con año conmemoramos el día de los Muertos aprovechamos la occasion para acercarnos a nuestros muertos y celebrar la vida. Te invitamos a conocer más de esta nuestra tradición acompáñanos a celebrar !

El culto a la vida es profundo y total es también culto a la muerte, son inseparables. La festividad del día de Muertos es el resultado de nuestro legado prehispánico y los elementos de la religión católica derivados de la ocupación española en Mexico.

Altar Michoacano, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Dia de Muertos Seattle

Es una de las celebraciones más simbólicas de los mexicanos.

Uno de los homenajes que se ofrece a nuestros difuntos es una ofrenda para mostrarles que siguen presentes aún más allá de la muerte.

Las ofrendas son parte fundamental de los rituales de la festividad y cada uno de los elementos que las integran encierran múltiples significados, por ejemplo el agua se coloca para que los difuntos saciar su sed. Los cirios y veladoras para que las almas puedan encontrar su camino y el aroma del copal e incienso guían a las almas hacia la ofrenda. El papel picado simboliza el viento, las calaveras de azúcar son réplicas de los cráneos humanos que colocaban las culturas precolombinas. La sal es un elemento de purificación y evita que el cuerpo se corrompa en su viaje y dado su color las flores cempasuchil representan el sol que guia el alma del difunto.


In honor of Festál’s 20th year, join Seattle Center and the Dia de Muertos committee in celebrating Dia de Muertos this weekend, from Saturday (10/28) to Sunday (10/29) at the Seattle Center Armory!

A special thank you to Andrea Suzuki and Edgardo Garcia for sharing more information about the Dia de Muertos holiday with us!

Introducing Northwest Folklife’s Development Director

We are excited to introduce Christina Kourteva as our new Director of Development! Christina has worked on fund development the Frye Art Museum, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Sound Generations and KCTS. Christina has also earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential.

“I have a lifelong interest in the use of arts as a tool of empowerment and social change,” says Christina.

In addition to her great fund development experience, Christina stood out because of clear commitment to supporting mission driven organizations. In every conversation, we always returned to the essential question and answer of “why Northwest Folklife matters” and her desire to be part of responding to and fulfilling that “why.” She has a proven track record of focusing on building lasting relationships with colleagues, donors, board members and key stakeholders. Relationships are key in a community-powered organization like ours.

“As a strong believer in the importance of preserving the multicultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest and making community-powered performing arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their income or socioeconomic status, I am thrilled to be joining Northwest Folklife.”

We welcome her to the Northwest Folklife team and we look forward to the wonderful work ahead!

Own It Like a Boss with The Big-Brained Superheroes Club

Piece submitted by Ariel Grob of The Big-Brained Superheroes Club

“’Owning it like a boss’ is improvising when you get stuck on a project. Or Googling it.”

– Istanbul, 10 years old

‘Own it like a boss’ is a phrase you’ll hear over and over at the Yesler Community Center’s STE(A)M group, The Big-Brained Superheroes Club. Why? Because we value project ownership and believe that when Big Brains (i.e. any neighborhood kid age 4-18) ‘own’ their projects, they are empowered to try out new skills and exercise their ‘superpowers.’  

We’ve found that this kind of ownership evokes critical thinking and creativity, more so than any assignment they are required or told to do.

We’re guessing you can relate to this:

Can you recall a time as a kid or teenager (or even as an adult) when you were told what to do perhaps a class project, household chore, or a task at work? Now, what about a project you undertook simply because you wanted to, such as taking up rock climbing, practicing a new language, or simply picking up a book to read?

It’s likely that the project you chose, however frustrating or difficult, was more rewarding and entertaining than the one you were told to do.

Don’t get us wrong: guidance from someone more experienced is always good, but we’ve found that by giving the Big Brains the autonomy to choose and lead their own nerdy projects, we’re giving them the chance to sift through their options and find something that is truly interesting to them, exercise creative and critical thinking to get that project off the ground, and then own it: like a boss.

This phrase has become the Big Brains’ motto. Whether it’s Weris’s ‘Welcome Robot,’ Sammy’s mini binary counter, Ibrahim’s math homework, or Muz’s wood-and-water robotic arm, there are plenty of opportunities to own it like a boss.

So, how does one ‘own it like a boss’? In the words of the Big Brains, here are six ways you can own any project like a boss.

  1. Try your hardest.
    This one is as simple as it sounds: all you’ve got to do is simply show up and put in the work.
  2. Be persistent.
    As the adage goes, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” (quote by William Edward Hickson)
  3. Ask a friend for their opinion or help.
    Everyone around you has a different perspective; someone else may just have the answer to a problem you keep getting stuck on.
  4. Improvise & be flexible.
    If you don’t have the right materials you need for your project, try using something else. Or if you keep getting stuck, move on to a different step and come back to it later.
  5. Google it.
    Whether it’s an instructional YouTube video or an article on the topic, Google has an answer for you that will help move your project forward.
  6. Be kind & pitch in, even when no one else is.
    The world of nerdy makers is truly a community: just like others will be there for you when you need it, be ready to help someone else with their project.

And here’s a bonus reminder from Big Brain Justin: “…keep pushing, even when you’re tired.”

The Seattle Children’s Festival is a great opportunity to flex your superpowers and ‘own it like a boss.’ From musical workshops to arts-and-craft projects to the Discovery Zone activities, you’ll find something new, and perhaps a bit challenging but definitely fun, to try out.

Eagerly awaiting the Seattle Children’s Festival, the Big-Brained Superheroes Club can’t wait to rub shoulders with Seattle’s nerdy community, celebrate ‘our big neighborhood,’ and help each other own it like a boss.


Visit The Big-Brained Superheroes Club at the STEAM Lab in the Armory Balcony for some exploration with electricity! The Big-Brained Superheroes of Yesler have built a dynamic, hands-on electricity playground for people of all ages to learn about and create with this fundamental force. Big Brains play to learn and make. A special thank you to the STEAM Lab sponsor, Living Computers Museum + Labs, and to Friends of Folklife for supporting the festival!

Seattle Children’s Festival: Website | Full Schedule | Facebook Event Page

Announcing Our New Leadership Structure

Experience Folklife Festival 2017Coming off of a year of tremendous support from the greater Pacific Northwest community, Northwest Folklife, a 47 year old arts and culture non-profit, embarks on a journey forward to envision its future in new and dynamic ways – maintaining the core ideals that have been present since its founding.

Thanks to this support from our community and with the goal of building a strong foundation in which to grow, the Board of Directors of Northwest Folklife is announcing a restructuring of the professional management of the organization, the appointment of Kelli Faryar as the first Executive Artistic Director of Northwest Folklife and the launch of a search for the organization’s first Managing Director.

The New Structure

“Northwest Folklife is evolving its leadership structure to best meet the challenges and opportunities we face today and in the future. We are committed to our role as a community centric organization, working in partnership with artistic and cultural communities to co-create and co-curate opportunities for all to share, celebrate, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest,” said Rafael Maslan, Board President. “By committing to a dual leadership and partnership model, we invest in executive leadership in our community engagement and artistic excellence as well as in administration, resource development and financial management.”

Appointment of Kelli Faryar as the first Executive Artistic Director

Effective August 27, 2017, Ms. Faryar will assume the position of Executive Artistic Director. Ms. Faryar has served as the Programs Director at Northwest Folklife for 4 years in her 9 years working for the organization. Under her programmatic influence and leadership, Northwest Folklife has mounted 9 Northwest Folklife Festivals with the creation of the Indie Roots program and specific cultural focus on the Traditional Roots of Hip Hop, Power of the Human Voice through Song and Festal Turn 20, celebrating Seattle Center’s 20th anniversary of Festal. Ms. Faryar has expanded the programming of Northwest Folklife to now include our annual Seattle Children’s Festival (this will be the fourth year of presenting this child and family centered festival on October 8, 2017) and led the organization’s commitment to be in direct partnership with over 100 cultural and artistic communities.

“Kelli is the perfect choice for assuming the position of the first Executive Artistic Director in Northwest Folklife’s history” said Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Chair of the Outreach Committee. “Her influence on how we have evolved artistically and culturally over the past four years, her passion and vision for the future, her commitment to engaging and partnering with our communities, and her demonstrated ability to make those dreams a reality have inspired the entire organization and we are thrilled to have her assume this role.”

Managing Director Search

At this juncture, Northwest Folklife is embarking on a new Managing Director search. The Board will build upon it’s relationship with the Third Sector Company to manage the search for the Managing Director. The Third Sector Company has been working with Northwest Folklife for the past year to provide Interim Executive Director services and provided support at the 2017 Board Retreat.

“We seek a special person as our Managing Director – someone who has the capacity, passion, and the wisdom to partner with the board, the Executive Artistic Director, and the community to envision a bold, exciting and attainable future,” said Evan Woods, Board Vice President and Chair of the Search Committee. “We are excited to launch this search, find the best candidate to partner with Kelli as our executive management team, and move into the next phase of Northwest Folklife’s amazing journey with our community.”

More information about the Managing Director position can be found here.

Why Give Children the Opportunity to Perform?

Northwest Folklife introduces children to music, arts, and culture. When children are Festival performers we see them developing confidence and skills. We wondered what more take-aways and benefits children might experience with the opportunity to share their artistic and cultural practices through their own performances.

John Leder’s Ukulele Olio students took part in the Ukenalia Showcase on Monday May 29 at the Exhibition Hall during the 46th Northwest Folklife Festival. The Thorton Creek Elementary School students joined SUPA – Seattle Ukulele Players Association with Neil Diamond on the Ukulele, and The Castaways – Seattle’s Loudest Ukulele Band.

Here, John shares his insights on how his young musicians experience the opportunity to perform and share the Ukenalia Showcase with experienced adult ukulelists.

Thornton Creek Elementary is an alternative, expedition based learning environment, with a focus on the arts and performance.  The opportunity for 2nd and 3rd graders playing the ukulele at the Northwest Folklife Festival is a BIG DEAL for them and a wonderful opportunity for the teachers to involve their students in a community of performance outside of the school.  It’s usually the kid’s first opportunity to perform on a public stage outside of the school.  We focus at least as much on the etiquette and discipline needed to be good citizens both backstage and on stage as we do on the performance itself.  I also use it as an opportunity to teach and emphasize the need for and to demonstrate how to perform within our given time limits so that all other groups assigned to a given set get their full time on stage.  In addition, it is an opportunity to teach kids about adapting music that they are learning in other classes to something that can actually be played on the ukulele and performed on stage – a big surprise when we don’t do something exactly the way the singing teacher does.  While I, as the ukulele teacher, am responsible for developing the program and teaching the kids the songs that will be played, the classroom teachers incorporate the teaching moments in their classroom curriculum.  Thornton Creek is unique in that ukulele is an element of the daily curriculum in which the teachers are directly involved, not an after school program.  Finally, as the ukulele teacher I ask for and welcome input and ideas from the students on what we do, so this gives them a chance to develop their own sense of artistic expression – sometimes we have a little bit too much democracy :), but what a great learning experience. This is why we are always eager to get an opportunity to perform at Folklife.  Oh, and the kids love getting the performer buttons!

Among other things I am president of SUPA, and personally know two of the members of The Castaways, one of whom is the SUPA secretary.  My Thornton Creek kids all know this, and it makes it even easier for me to emphasize and teach things like stage timing, backstage behavior, etc.  They are not phased by playing in the Ukenalia Showcase with the others because we prep them well for this.  I even get to add a little humor in regard to making mistakes.  I always teach them how to respond to mistakes that might occur on stage and I do a post-performance analysis with the kids on this.  The best musicians among them can tell me exactly what mistakes were made and how we moved through them.  Another great take-away.

So yes, there are lots of take-aways for both students and faculty.  We look forward to having the opportunity to perform at Folklife, and hope that other youth organizations might have the same.

Thank you for performing dear Ukulele Olio students, and for your leadership John Leder!

Thank you to our Friends of Folklife for the opportunities that your donations create.

Give a Child the Gift of Discovery

Curious students learn more and learn better. It’s a fact. Sparking curiosity is serious fun.

Your summertime gift supports youth and families discovering all the neighbors and cultural practices of Our Big Neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest. Make your gift today to give a child the gift of discovery.

Our Big Neighborhood youth and family program spans the Seattle Children’s Festival and the Northwest Folklife Festival, bringing you and your neighbors together through arts and culture. Through inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange, we promote social understanding.

We introduce children to the world in the most accessible ways possible: through music, dance, cooking, nature, and being good neighbors.

Northwest Folklife’s inter-generational, multi-cultural program sparks children’s curiosity about the world. Young minds and bodies grow through movement, rhythm, and song. In Our Big Neighborhood everyone can participate in workshops, performances, and hands-on activities.

A main event in Northwest Folklife’s Our Big Neighborhood youth and family program, the Seattle Children’s Festival is a day dedicated to sparking children’s curiosity about the world and developing young minds and bodies through movement, rhythm, song, and hands-on activities. Discover the Seattle Children’s Festival. Families can experience all kinds of folklife, from traditional Chinese dance to beat boxing. And so much more!

The more we celebrate one another the better. Save the Date! The 4th Seattle Children’s Festival will be held at the Seattle Center on Sunday October 8, 2017.

Your Support Creates Opportunities

Thank You For Keeping Northwest Folklife Alive!

It is with a sense of deep gratitude that we can tell you that you – the community who attends and loves Northwest Folklife and the Northwest Folklife Festival – that when the final counting is done – and that takes a few more days – that we believe we will hit the $350,000 goal we set for donations at this year’s Festival.

We told you that the festival was in danger, that over the years, costs had been rising but revenue had not. We told you that we were worried that people had confused the complete accessibility of this festival – open to everyone in the community without a ticket price or financial barrier – that this had been confused with the idea that the festival was free. We shared, as openly and candidly with all of you what it really takes to put on this festival – including a cash budget of $1.3 million.

We believed that if we were open with you – that if you understood that this treasure you value so highly was our collective responsibility, that you would understand and would become part of the solution. And you did.  We made the goal and now, the Board will meet at the end of June to initiate discussions on how Northwest Folklife should move forward in the future. A new process begins and we look forward to engaging with the community as an essential part of that process.

It is one of the great challenges of Northwest Folklife that so many of our donors are anonymous event attendees. They come to the festival, give their cash donation and we have no way of staying in touch unless they join our mailing list or give us their contact information. We are so glad that they are helping to defray the costs of the event itself but it is impossible to connect with them afterwards.

But we have this amazing group of supporters – our Friends of Folklife who give to us throughout the year because they passionately believe in our mission and vision and they understand that supporting Folklife all year long is necessary. We are so pleased to announce that our Spring Campaign Goal has also been met and we are so very grateful to all of those donors as well. You made it possible for us to get to the opening day of the Festival and the opening day of the Children’s Festival in October. Thank you.

There is the greater point to be made. For Folklife to continue for the next 46 years – it will take a continued concerted effort. It takes the deep conviction and support of the Friends of Folklife who give us the resources to work all year round. It absolutely takes the support of the community and audience that attends the events – that recognize that “Access for All” is not the same as “Free”. We made a good start on that this year and we must keep that message strong and always present.

It also takes the support of institutional funders in the public, corporate and foundation worlds who know that Northwest Folklife is not just a great “EVENT” that occurs once a year but that Northwest Folklife is a “CAUSE” committed to strengthening our communities through the sharing and experiencing of our arts, culture and heritage.

And yes, it will take the continued “daily donations” of the hundreds of thousands who attend the events who must come to understand that the continuation of Folklife will always depend upon their support as well.

So thank you to all who have made the future possible. We are so grateful and so excited.

Rafael Maslan

President – NWFL Board

Mark W. Crawford

Interim Executive Director

The Friend of Folklife Experience 2017

Willa S., Ebony M., Sheila S., Lisa G.

L-R. Willa S., Ebony M., Sheila S., Lisa G.

Good to see you, Friends of Folklife! We enjoyed meeting you at the Friend of Folklife Headquarters on the Fisher Terrace and at the Friend of Folklife Donation Station on the Fisher Green. Welcome to ALL of our new Friends of Folklife. We had fun with Donor Goody Bags, daily Micro-Receptions, and Donor Drawings. And, we had a wonderful time experiencing the 46th Northwest Folklife Festival, the arts and culture of our big neighborhood, and phenomenal sunny four days this Memorial Day weekend.

Many Thanks to our Friend of Folklife Goody Bag & Donor Drawing Sponsors:

Ballard Brothers Seafood & Burgers
Dang! Coconut Chips and Onion Chips
KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn Company
McMenamins: Pubs, Breweries and Historic Hotels
NighTraiN Seattle
Northwest Dance Network
Orkestyr Farfeleh
Pagliacci Pizza – Seattle Area Pizzeria and Delivery
Petticoat Junction Dance Shop
Redhook Brewery | Seattle Original since 1981
Seattle Balkan Dancers | Come dance with us!
Swansons Nursery – Seattle’s Favorite Garden Store Since 1924
Ten Mercer Dinner + Drinks
Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant & Satay Bar
World Spice Merchants

Pacific Northwest Getaways in the Donor Drawing!

  • Vacation Home in Oceanside, Oregon: Thanks to Sue S and Lanny M
  • Bed and Breakfast near Roseburg, Oregon: Thanks to Woody L and Jeri F
  • Bed and Breakfast in Vancouver, B.C.: Thanks to Beth W and Brian R

Special Thanks to our Board Members who contributed to the Donor Drawing: Luther Black, Harvey Niebulski, Brian Roberson, Danielle Stephenson, Selena Whitaker-Paquiet, and Karen White.

Whether you forgot to give or wish to give more in support of Folklife’s rich tradition of arts and culture programs accessible to all, please take a moment to give, renew, and even increase your support as a Friend of Folklife donor. Thank you to all for sharing our message of building support for this community-powered treasure, and for your many gifts.

Share your experience with us here.

View from Friend of Folklife HQ photo credit: Sheila Siden

Whether you forgot to give or wish to give more in support of Folklife’s rich tradition of arts and culture programs accessible to all, please take a moment to give, renew, and even increase your support as a Friend of Folklife donor. Thank you to all for sharing our message of building support for this community-powered treasure, and for your many gifts.

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH US HERE.

How To Give to Make the Festival Live

This year, Northwest Folklife Festival –goers are being asked to decide the future of the Northwest Folklife Festival. Please support the Festival with a donation at the entrance, and consider becoming a Friend of Folklife. Our fundraising goal is $350,000.

Give at the Gate!

Make a daily donation of $10/person, $20/families. You will receive as Thanks a 2017 Festival Button. Wear it with pride. Add a Count Me In ribbon for an additional donation.

Say ‘Count Me In!’

Make your Count Me In donation at any Donation Station or Friend of Folklife Headquarters.

Receive a ribbon to wear and to tie on to the Count Me In Donor Wall at the Friend of Folklife Donation Station, Fisher Green.

  • $11 to $49 – Aqua
  • Friend of Folklife donors ($50 to $249) – Emerald
  • FolkStarter Friends ($250 and up) – Purple
  • 1,000 for the Future Donors – Red

Become a Friend of Folklife

  • Donate at any Donation Station with Cash, Check, or Credit Card.
  • Visit the Credit Card Kiosks at the Friend of Folklife Donation Station on the Fisher Green.

Give online at give.nwfolklife.org

Bring your Voucher or Receipt (phone or paper) to the Friend of Folklife Headquarters for Festival Benefits described on our donation page. Contributors ($50 donation) may pick up Friend of Folklife buttons at any Donation Station.

Your Support Creates Opportunities

 

As We Head into the Festival….

For the last several months, we have been talking with all of you – our community – about the crossroads in front of us. After 45 years, what is the future of Northwest Folklife, why does it matter today, and how important do we think it is for the future?

Northwest Folklife is as important today as it was 46 years ago when it was founded, maybe even more so. The Pacific Northwest has always been and continues to be a dynamic and evolving place, an intersection of communities and their arts, cultures and traditions. The premise of Northwest Folklife, the joyous cause that underlies all we do, is the building of a more caring, understanding, just and empathetic society. We believe in celebrating the wonderfully unique ways in which all of us, each of our myriad communities, live life each day, how we dance, sing, and tell our stories. In this celebration, in our watching each other, in listening and participating, we come to better understand each other and we come to better understand ourselves.

We want to say thank you to all of the people who have already declared that we can Count Them In by giving to Northwest Folklife before the festival itself. Whether in response to our Spring Campaign or the Give BIG campaign or because you knew you wanted to contribute and didn’t wait to be asked, so many of you have expressed your support and made a contribution.

Thank you on behalf of an entire region that benefits from your support. Thank you for supporting more than 100 communities and over 5,000 artists who present their art, culture and heritage at the festival and thank you from the quarter of a million attendees who will celebrate, share and participate together during the Memorial Day Weekend Northwest Folklife Festival. You have made this all possible – thank you.

Now, we go into the 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival. The weather forecast is perfect, the performers have been chosen and have spent months preparing. The stages are set. Sound systems are in place. Booths and vendors are setting up. Volunteers are signing up and being trained. The excitement is mounting, the anticipation growing. This is how it should be.

Only with the support of every person who comes through the entrances and has the means to give their daily donation in support, will we be able to continue to create the opportunities for all of our communities’ voices to be heard. It will only happen if the people who enjoy the Festival give during the Festival. If you do, together we will continue to create this uniquely Pacific Northwest community of communities.

So, welcome to your festival. Welcome to our community. Have a wonderful time. May your days at the Festival be filled with joy, exploration, and discovery.  May the days that follow be brighter and may all of us, as neighbors, be closer.

Morris and BC Communities 🎵🎶 Anonymous donors want to double your gift.

The 46th Northwest Folklife Festival will be awesome this year, and we are doing all we can to expand support to make the Festival live to 47 and beyond. Anonymous donors have offered two opportunities to double your gift now through June 30.

Calling all Misty City Morris, Mossybacks, North by Northwest, Sound and Fury, and Vancouver Morris Men.  Anonymous donors are offering a Morris Challenge. They will match gifts 1:1 from Morris community dancers, musicians, past team members, team spouses, and their kids. Required: include the name of your team affiliation with your donation!

Calling all Vancouverites, lower mainlanders, Vancouver Islanders, and all residents of British Columbia. Anonymous donors are offering a BC Challenge. They will match gifts 1:1 from donors the BC community. Required: include your address and the words BC Challenge with your donation!

Calling all who wish to make a new gift of $1,000: Two dedicated donors have offered to match individuals’ and corporations’ new gifts of $1,000 through 6/30/2017!

Take a moment to renew and even increase your support with a one-time or recurring gift.

Please share these challenge match opportunities with your friends and let them know what Folklife means to you.

Mythbusters #1

Northwest Folklife Mythbusters

THIS IS NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE!

Over the years, certain myths, misunderstandings and/or misconceptions about an organization can develop. Every so often, it is important to tackle those myths and restate the Truths of an organization. For the past three months, Northwest Folklife has been tackling some of those myths.  Today, as we near the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, we are restating all of them together to reintroduce you to:

Northwest Folklife 

The Real Northwest Folklife 

Mythbusters #1

Mythbusters 2

Mythbusters #3

Mythbusters #5

These are our Truths. This is Northwest Folklife and this is the Northwest Folklife Festival.
 
This is your community. This is your Folklife.
 
In order to continue, to be here next year and for the years to come, Northwest Folklife needs your support. Please, make a donation each day you attend the Festival. Become a Friend of Folklife. This only happens with your support.
 
Can We Count You In?