Last week, the program “The World,” from PRI, Public Radio International, focused on Nubians who were removed from their homes and are now living in the U.S. The mid-1960s closing of the huge Aswan High Dam across the Nile River in southern Egypt not only flooded Egyptian Nubian communities south of Aswan, it also displaced […]

Lugu Murmu, a young Birhor man, tells his guest, Markus Schleiter, “from the beginning we Birhor dance every week at our dancing place.” The visiting anthropologist recently described his experience observing a night of dancing in a village in Orissa, a state in India’s northeast region. Schleiter’s brief essay was posted last week in PDF […]

News accounts last Friday highlighted the importance of preserving and fostering the musical traditions of two different peaceful societies. According to Indian news sources, the Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), the Indian National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, just awarded the coveted SNA prize—Rs.50,000 (US$1,000)—to Hildamit Lepcha for her dedication to preserving and performing, with […]