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Jonathan Ritter filming the pumpin group "Waylla Ichu de Huancapi”
on the Waswantu Plateau, Peru (February 6, 2001).
Photo: Stacy Lieberman. Courtesy of Jonathan Ritter.


In 2013 the Society for Ethnomusicology and Smithsonian Folkways launched "From the Field,” a series of multimedia reports for the online Smithsonian Folkways Magazine. Co-produced by Smithsonian Folkways and SEM, this series presents recent ethnomusicological field research to a general audience. Reports combine audio and video recordings, photographs, and narrative to explore music-making and social issues at locales around the world.



“Survival of the Fittest: The Urtyn Duu Tradition in Changing Mongolia”
By Sunmin Yoon, Kent State University
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine
, Summer 2015

"Ca Trù Singing in Vietnam: Revival and Innovation”
By Barley Norton, Goldsmiths, University of London
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, Winter/Spring 2015

"Musical Labor Performed in Northwest Tanzania”
By Frank Gunderson, Florida State University
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, Summer/Fall 2014


"‘Proud of who I am': Venda Children's Musical Cultures”
By Andrea Emberly, Assistant Professor of Children's Studies, York University
and Mudzunga Junniah Davhula, Creative Arts curriculum advisor for the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province Department of Education, South Africa
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, Spring 2014

Photo: Andrea Emberly. Courtesy of Andrea Emberly.


"The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware"
By Clifford R. Murphy, Maryland Traditions, Maryland State Arts Council
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014

Photo: Edwin Remsberg. Courtesy of the Maryland State Arts Council.


"Carnival of Memory: Songs of Protest and Remembrance in the Andes"
By Jonathan Ritter, University of California at Riverside
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, Spring/Summer 2013

 Photo: Jonathan Ritter. Courtesy of Jonathan Ritter.

"From the Field” is peer reviewed by the SEM/Smithsonian Folkways Editorial Committee, including James Cowdery (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale – RILM), J. Martin Daughtry (New York University), Jean Kidula (University of Georgia), Joseph Lam (University of Michigan), John Murphy (University of North Texas), and Janet Sturman (University of Arizona).

For more information about Smithsonian Folkways, visit its homepage.

Funding for "From the Field” is provided in part by an Interagency Agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and Smithsonian Folkways, with SEM participating as a collaborator.


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