Ronald Richard Smith papers, 1973-1996, bulk 1978-1985.
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The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife was first held in 1967. This festival brings together craftspeople, musicians, dancers, and other folk artists from every region of the United States and from many American ethnic communities. The 1987 festival was attended and documented by students of the Indiana University Folklore Institute. Students photographed and recorded (video and audio) presentations at the 1987 festival. The theme of the 1987 festival was Cultural Conservation and Languag...
Ronald Richard Smith was a member of the Folklore faculty at Indiana University from 1978-1997. His research centered around traditional music, festivals, movement and dance, and religion within the African Diaspora, with a focus on Caribbean peoples. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at IU, Smith also served as associate dean of the Office of Research and University Graduate School from 1988-1996, headed the IU Ethnomusicology Program, and spent one year as director of the Archives o...