Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2008
Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon
Celebrating Bhutan's special approach towards life in the 21st century
The Festival brought more than 100 Bhutanese artists, dancers, craftspeople, cooks, carpenters, farmers, and representatives of monastic life who will celebrate the living traditions that define and sustain their culture. Artisans demonstrated Bhutan's thirteen traditional arts (zorig chusum) and specifically how these link the people to the land. Weavers showcased the diversity of complex weaving traditions that have made Bhutanese textiles some of the most coveted in the world today. Sculptors, painters, and carvers demonstrated the skilled arts that continue to adorn monasteries and temples, as well as most Bhutanese homes. Monastic dancers performed ritual masked dances from the highly choreographed and symbolic sacred festivals (tsechus).
Pictures from the 42nd SFF 2008
2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Documentation Project
Pictures of Bhutan's participation at the 42nd Folkife Festival in the National Mall Washington D.C. 2008