The Cape Fox Dancers, 1979 Festival Photo: Steve Meltzer
Northwest Folklife Festival
One of the largest organizations in the country
focusing on folk, ethnic, and traditional arts, Northwest Folklife
joins together cultures and communities in a vibrant annual
celebration of music, dance, exhibits, symposia, food, crafts, and
children's activities. As a regional signature event since 1971,
the Northwest Folklife Festival attracts an annual average
attendance of 200,000 visitors to Seattle over four days every
Memorial Day weekend. Northwest Folklife has promoted the culture
and traditions of the region's Sephardic Jewish, Native American,
African-American, Polynesian, Filipino-American, Chicano and
The project is extensively documented through
photographs, a written report, a promotional video, CDs with music
from several festivals, a record sampler of music from the 1983
Festival, three music audio cassettes, local press coverage, a book
Spirit of the First People, Native American Musical
Traditions, posters, promotional materials, a cap, tee-shirt,
buttons and bumper stickers from many of the annual events.
Originally submitted by: Jim McDermott, Representative (7th District).
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