Photo Essay: Peace Corps Featured at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Peace Corps Commemorates 50 Years of Service at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

If you aren't able to attend the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from June 30-July 4 and July 7-11, then look at our photo essay of the festival to see how the festival showcases the work of Peace Corps volunteers in economic development and income generation; ways volunteers have helped support local groups to help educate communities; and food and cooking traditions that have played a role in the Peace Corps experience.

The Peace Corps Commemorates 50 Years of Service at Smithsonian Folklife Festival


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The Peace Corps World Map Project at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peruvian artisans demonstrate their craft at the Peace Corps Village at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival .







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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers share their stories for posterity in the Oral Histories tent.







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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers exchange stories in the Reunion Tent at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps demonstrates organic farming from Jamaica at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps facilitates Georgian cooking demonstration at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers exchange stories in the Reunion Tent at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps demonstrates examples of appropriate technologies and sustainable solution projects at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011. Creating charcoal out of corn cobs is featured here.







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Peace Corps demonstrates examples of appropriate technologies and sustainable solution projects at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011. A Festival participant charges a cell phone using a bicycle.







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Kids look at the Peace Corps World Map Project at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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An attendee enjoys exploring the work of Malian artisans in the Peace Corps Villiage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Malian artisans demonstrate thier craft at the Peace Corps Villiage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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According to various traditions throughout the world, "wish trees" posses spiritual power to which offerings are made. At the Smithsonain Folklife Festival, Peace Corps offered attendees the opportunity to attach messages to a wish tree to honor the memory of Peace Corps friends lost or to offer good will to Peace corps Volunteers and partners around the world.







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Moroccan artisans demonstrate thier craft at the Peace Corps Village at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps and Guatemalan counterparts construct with the public, a sample wall on the National Mall using recyled bottles and trash at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.







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Opika Performance Group from Ukraine on the Peace Corps World Stage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.







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Peace Corps facilitates Georgian cooking demonstration at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Filipino Dancers perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps and Guatemalan counterparts construct with the public, a sample wall on the National Mall using recyled bottles and trash at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.







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A map of where Peace Corps Volunteers have served at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps facilitates Kyrgyz Republic cooking demonstration at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.







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Peace Corps facilitates Filipino cooking demonstration at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Tongan artisans demonstrate their craft at the Peace Corps Village at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peace Corps facilitates Malain cooking demonstration at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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Peruvian artisans demonstrate their craft at the Peace Corps Village at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.







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"The Folklife Festival is a historic opportunity to share the mission of Peace Corps: to promote world peace and friendship," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. "By bringing together Peace Corps volunteers and citizens from the communities we serve, we are able to promote a greater understanding of people and cultures from around the world. The festival is an extraordinary opportunity for volunteers and community members to showcase their talents and innovative ideas to the thousands of Americans who attend the festival."

All photos in this photo essay of the Smithsonian Peace Corps Folk Fair are courtesy of the US Peace Corps and were taken by Edward Perry and Heather Ohms.