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Celebrate Cultural Heritage Months


Use these special features to celebrate cultural heritage months.


Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 to October 15

¡Que Viva el Mariachi!

Music, Meaning, and Movimiento
Mexican mariachi music is made to move you. It is direct, driving, and designed to instill emotion...

Latino Chicago

Music and community
The Latino presence in Metropolitan Chicago offers us a distinctive window into Latino culture in the United States...

La Nueva Canción

The New Song Movement in South America
The 1970 victory of the Popular Unity government led by Salvador Allende...

Música Latina

Sounds of Latino USA
Latin America, including Latino communities in the United States, is one of the most diverse, dynamic musical...

Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena

Shared Traditions–Distinct Rhythms
Bomba and plena are percussion-driven musical traditions from Puerto Rico that move people to dance...

A Midnight Serenade

Music from the Dominican Republic
During my fieldwork in the Dominican Republic, ongoing battles against the local "crazy ants" (so called...

Tradiciones/Traditions

The Expanding Universe of Música Latina
Over forty-five million people of Hispanic descent call the United States home....

American Indian Heritage Month — November

In Our Own Voice

Songs of American Indian Women
Very little is known and appreciated about American Indian women's songs and voices, even among people who are familiar...

From the Andes to the Arctic

Exploring Indian Heritage
Smithsonian Folkways offers many archival recordings of American Indian music, as well as contemporary pieces...

African American History Month — February

Say it Loud

African American Spoken Word
The spoken word occupies a central and indispensable position in African American history and culture...

Voices of Struggle

The Civil Rights Movement
We honor African-American history and music with a look at the profound cultural contribution of the Civil Rights...

Women's History Month — March

In Our Own Voice

Songs of American Indian Women
Very little is known and appreciated about American Indian women's songs and voices, even among people who are familiar...

Women Breaking Music Barriers

She Isn't Supposed to Play That
Although recordings by women fill the archives of Smithsonian Folkways, gender discrimination and...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — May

Connecting Cultures

Music of the Mekong River
Like the Yangtze, the Nile, and the Mississippi, the Mekong River in Southeast Asia is a giver of life...

Na Leo Hawai'i

Musics of Hawai'i
Asians and Pacific Islanders make up the majority of the population of Hawai'i. Music has always played a central role...

Caribbean American Heritage Month — June

Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena

Shared Traditions–Distinct Rhythms
Bomba and plena are percussion-driven musical traditions from Puerto Rico that move people to dance...

Islands of Song

Music of The Bahamas
For hundreds of years along the 700 scattered limestone islands in the Caribbean Sea that make up The Bahamas...

A Midnight Serenade

Music from the Dominican Republic
During my fieldwork in the Dominican Republic, ongoing battles against the local "crazy ants" (so called...