Photograph of Sirkku Rodriguez doing a pirta ribbon demonstration at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is sitting in a chair, pulling yarn through a wooden contraption made of vertical dowels that separate the yarn out in several different strands. She is weaving the strands to make a ribbon. A few finished ribbons are hanging on the left side of the booth where one festival visitor is partially visible.
Photograph of the Woodromes performing at the Texas Folklife Festival. Three children are singing into microphones, an older girl in the center wearing a long dress and a younger boy and girl on either side of her. The younger boy is on the left and to the left of him, a woman is kneeling down and helping him hold the microphone. The little girl on the right is also being assisted by a man on her right. The girl in the center is much taller than the younger boy and girl, as she looks to be a few years older. She has pigtails with ribbons in her hair and is looking directly at the camera. The little boy is wearing shorts and a tank top; the little girl is wearing a short dress.
Photograph of The Sacred Heart Choir performing onstage at the Texas Folklife Festival. Nine members are visible, all male. There are four guitarists, four vocalists, and a director who has his back turned. Most of the members are wearing cowboy boots and western wear. The director is wearing light-colored pants, shirt and cap. A group of three vocalist stand on the left singing into one microphone. At the center, one of the guitarists is singing into a microphone as is another guitarist to the right of him. The director is standing in between these two guitarists, facing away. In the background behind the stage, other festival booths and tents are visible. Above the performers, a canopy of greenery is hanging.
Photograph of two Living History participants dressed in old western wear at the Texas Folklife Festival. The man on the left is sitting on a square bale of hay, holding a vintage pistol and a rifle. The person on the right is kneeling on one knee and holding two long vintage pistols that criss-cross over their chest.
Photograph of two men and a boy making hoe cakes at the Texas Folklife Festival. The cakes are so named because they are baked on the end of a garden hoe. The flat metal part provides a cooking surface while the long stick serves as a handle that allows the maker to remain at a distance from the coals. Each of the three is holding a hoe that has cakes baking on the end of it, on top of a pile of coals. They stand around the coal pit facing one another. In the background, some tables and festival visitors are visible.
Photograph of The Now Singers performing onstage at the Texas Folklife Festival. There are four members visible, one man and three women, all standing next to each other and singing into their own microphone. The man is on the left wearing a white shirt and jeans, singing with his eyes closed. The woman to the right of him is wearing a floral jumpsuit. The two other women are wearing blouses and cropped pants. Behind them is a banner that says, "The Now Singers," and has an image of a cross. A canopy of greenery is hanging overhead.
Photograph of Jae Mason playing guitar and singing at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is wearing a cowboy hat, tropical patterned shirt, jeans, and sunglasses. He is standing behind a microphone, singing into it as he strums his guitar. To the left another microphone is visible. In the background some festival visitors are visible.
Photograph of four African-American male drummers from the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston performing at the Texas Folklife Festival. The photograph shows them from the side, each playing a drum they hold between their legs. The one second-closest to the photographer also has a microphone for singing. He is sweating heavily on his face. All the drummers are wearing loose, short-sleeved shirts with colors red, white or blue.
Photograph of an African-American man from the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston wearing an elaborate tribal costume at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is wearing a yellow and black leopard print material around his body and a piece of white and black zebra print material around his head. He is also wearing sunglasses. A large panel extends from behind the wearers neck to a few feet above the head. It is covered in a yellow and black zebra pattern and features an image of a large tribal mask. Black and orange feathered plumes protrude from the top of it. Extending from the wearer's lower back down to the ground is a cone-shaped frame similar to a hoop skirt frame. It is covered in long white fringe. Another panel covered in leopard print material is attached to the back of the frame and several orange feather plumes are protruding from it. In each hand he is carrying large round disc that features an image of a tribal mask. Festival visitors are visible in the background.
Photograph of African-American dancers from the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston performing at the Texas Folklife Festival. Three female dancers are dressed in white and floral print dresses, twirling their skirts around. Each dancer has a prominent color on their outfit: yellow, pink, and blue. The dancers are also wearing floral head wraps. Festival visitors are watching in the background.
Photograph of "Mr. Jingles" dancing on stage at the Texas Folklife Festival. According to accompanying information, "Mr. Jingles" is a collector of aluminum can pull tabs. He is on the left side of the photograph, wearing a white patterned shirt, red suspenders, dark pants and a beret. He is dancing with a woman wearing a white and blue striped shirt, and jeans. The audience is visible offstage in the background.
Photograph of an African-American dancer from the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston doing the Limbo at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is wearing a black leotard with red patterned material around her waist and her head. She is leaning back, attempting to pass under the bar as festival visitors watch in the background.
Photograph of the doll-making booth at the Texas Folklife Festival. Three young female festival visitors are in front of the booth gathering materials and watching the demonstrator, partially visible in the left foreground, make a doll. Some materials visible are cloth and corn husks. Two yellow buckets containing water and corn husks are visible on the table.
Photograph of a male dancer of the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston passing under a limbo stick on fire at the Texas Folklife Festival. The stick on fire is only about a foot from the ground so he is reclined backwards to the point that his back is nearly touching the ground. His feet are positioned next to his hips. He is holding a small torch in his mouth and flaming beer bottles in each hand. He is wearing a tight red shirt under a looser, colorful, patterned blouse.
Photograph of a man participating in the state tobacco spitting contest at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is standing on the left side of the photograph wearing a red sleeveless undershirt, jeans and a cowboy hat. He is leaning forward, preparing to spit as far as he can. He is standing at the end of a long strip of white butcher paper, rolled out on the ground and painted with distance markers. One spectator is kneeling down close to the paper. Several other spectators are sitting and standing close by.
Photograph of a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston lighting a limbo stick on fire at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is kneeling down holding a torch to a special limbo bar filled with some type of fuel. The bar is on the lowest setting, about a foot from the ground. He is wearing a brightly-colored, patterned shirt with big, loose sleeves. A crowd of festival visitors are partially visible in the background behind a barrier.
Photograph of several children petting a longhorn at the Texas Folklife Festival. A man wearing a cowboy hat is riding on top of the longhorn which has been saddled and bridled. He is waving at the children below. About six or seven children are gathered around the front of the longhorn with a hand outstretched to touch it. A few adults are standing behind them on the left side of the photograph.
Photograph of Mrs. Bruce Roark and Arnold Griffin performing with the Devine Music Makers at the Texas Folklife Festival. Both of them are sitting. Mrs. Roark is on the left speaking or singing into a microphone she is holding while looking at a book. Griffin is on the right playing a violin behind a microphone. He is wearing a cowboy hat, black-rimmed glasses and western wear. In the bottom foreground some stringed instruments are partially visible. In the background a few festival visitors are visible.
Photograph of John H. Pfeil telling a story at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is standing behind a microphone stand, speaking into the microphone. He is wearing an off-white bucket hat, a white short-sleeved button-up shirt, a belt with a silver belt buckle, and dark brown pants. A painted backdrop of a wall with doors is partially visible behind him.
Photograph of Leon Payne and the Three Blind Mice performing onstage at the Texas Folklife Festival. Payne is in front, playing and singing guitar. Behind him are a pedal steel player, a bassist, a drummer, an accordion player, and two electric guitarists. Also visible onstage are several cables, amps and monitors. Behind the stage, strips of material hang to form the backdrop. Behind that is a large tree, providing shade for the stage.
Photograph of a man shearing a goat at the Texas Folklife Festival. The man is on the left holding the goat which is on the right. He has one hand over the goat's snout and the other holding the electric shearer up to the goat's neck. Someone else's hands are visible holding the goat's body. Another goat is partially visible in the foreground. The man is wearing a striped, light-colored polo shirt with a bandana over his shoulder. Above them, a shade canopy is visible.
Photograph of Tanya Zwan performing dances from the Middle East at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is wearing a sequined belly dancing outfit which is predominantly blue but also with colors of pink, purple, green and yellow. She has her hands above her head and is wearing finger cymbals. She is smiling and shifting her hips to the right.
Photograph of a young Alabama-Coushatta dancer posing in front of a hedge at the Texas Folklife Festival. The boy is wearing a complete tribal outfit consisting of a vest, skirt, leather wrist cuffs, feathered and beaded arm bands, a beaded necklace and sash, a beaded headband, and a feathered headdress. The prominent colors of the clothing are red and yellow.
Photograph of the Duckens Family Singers at the Texas Folklife Festival. A group of nineteen African-American family members, men and women, are posing for the photograph on the grass in front of a wooden building. Some of them are kneeling down in the front but most of them are standing. Each member is either wearing a blue t-shirt that says, "Duckens Family", or just a plain blue shirt. Most of them are smiling.
Photograph of a man learning a middle eastern dance taught by Tanya Zwan at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is standing with his button-up shirt open revealing his bare torso. He is holding his fedora in front of his face. Zwan is standing next to him, laughing and clapping her hands above her head. She is wearing a sequined belly dancing outfit which is predominantly pink but also with colors of blue, purple, green and yellow. Another festival visitor learning to dance is standing to the left of her with his shirt up exposing his midriff. The stage is covered with a blue canopy and a red backdrop is visible in the background.
Photograph of Ladies from the Herb Society with Delbert Brewster, a scrimshaw artist, at the Texas Folklife Festival. Brewster is standing in the middle with the ladies on either side of him. They are all holding handmade horns up to their mouths. The woman on the left is wearing a pioneer dress and bonnet; the one on the right is wearing a pioneer dress and apron with a wide-brimmed sun hat. Brewster is wearing a western shirt and a cowboy hat. Other horns and tools are visible hanging in the background.
Photograph of the Cadence Cloggers performing at the Texas Folklife Festival. Two women wearing short but voluminous skirts are dancing facing each other with their right hands joined. The woman on the right has her leg up and the bottom part of her shoe, containing a metal toe and heel piece used for rhythm-making, is visible. A male clogger is visible behind them at the back of the stage.
Photograph of two Alabama-Coushatta dancers talking to each other at the Texas Folklife Festival. They are both wearing heavily decorated traditional outfits covered in beads and fringe. The dancer on the right is wearing colors of red, white, and blue; the one on the left is wearing black, white, and blue. Each dancer has two large circular arrangements of feathers on their back. They are also wearing fur boots. Behind them a green shed and a yellow shed are visible.
Photograph of an African-American dancer from the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association in Houston performing at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is wearing a black leotard and a red flowing skirt which she is twirling around. She also has a red sash around her neck and a white head wrap. She is standing on her left foot and is smiling.
Photograph of Tanya Zwan teaching audience members Middle Eastern Dances at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is wearing a sequined belly dancing outfit which is predominantly pink but also with colors of blue, purple, green and yellow. She has one hand above her head and one at her side. A line of five men are following her around, mimicking her dance moves. Two men with button-up shirts have their shirts open to reveal their belly. Each audience member is also wearing a headpiece. The stage is covered by a blue canopy and a red backdrop.
Photograph of an Alabama-Coushatta dancer performing with rings at the Texas Folklife Festival. He is in the middle of the stage dancing with a group of about fifteen rings, each one placed in a specific location around his body. He is wearing traditional tribal clothing with a fringed tunic and fur around his ankles and lower legs.