More Photos from the Peace Corps Program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Peace Corps was a featured program at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from June 30-July 4 and July 7-11. The festival highlights the contributions and accomplishments achieved by Peace Corps volunteers, staff members, and host countries in 139 countries over the last 50 years and includes daily demonstrations from current and returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) and local artisans, craftspeople, musicians, theatrical groups, and dancers from Peace Corps host countries. Each demonstration 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.

Take a look at our second 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.

More Photos from the Peace Corps Program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival


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A Kenyan weaver demonstrates her craft to a young attendee at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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The Kyrgyz Republic artisan craft tent at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Children participate in making mud cloth designs with artisans from Mali at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Chris Shays (Fiji) and talks about the “Peace Corps Inspiration” on the Peace Porch at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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The Peace Corps craft tents at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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The Tinikling dancers from the Philippines speak to one of the Garifuna Collective performers about their traditional dances at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers create signs showing the distance to the countries where they served at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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The Reunion tent where Returned Peace Corps Volunteers gather to meet with their fellow RPCVs at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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A Peace Corps Volunteer from Tonga weaves with her counterpart.


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A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer demonstrates Ghanian cooking with her counterpart in the Home Cooking tent at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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A young attendee gets his Peace Corps Passport stamped during the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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A Moroccan artisan demonstrates local cuisine in the Home Cooking tent at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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John Bryan (RPCV, El Salvador) and Peace Corps Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes (RPCV, Bolivia) speak about their service experience on the Peace Porch at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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A Ghanian artisan carries water back to the shea butter demonstration tent at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Georgian wine on display at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Participants from the Colombian section of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival parade across the Mall in honor of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Colombia.


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Dancers from Botswana and Ukraine watch the festivities on the World Stage at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Participants from the Colombian section of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival parade across the Mall in honor of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Colombia.


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A young attendee samples some Ghanian shea butter at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


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Ukrainian cuisine demonstration in the Home Cooking tent at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.


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Moroccan artisans demonstrate their craft at the Peace Corps Village at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.


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A view of the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival from the top of the Washington Monument.


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Peace Corps demonstrates organic farming from Jamaica at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.


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Kenyan artisans demonstrate their craft at the Peace Corps Village at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011.


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A Tongan artisan demonstrates her craft at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.


“The Folklife Festival is a historic opportunity to share the mission of Peace Corps: to promote world peace and friendship,” says 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.