Institute of Texan Cultures

Fredericksburg Theater Company

From Art to the Asian Festival to a down deep Valentine's event, here's a snapshot of this weekend's entertainment.

Adrian Whipp of Lumiere Tintypes, Austin

An Austin writer/performer is speaking on Sunday at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Gene Fowler will be speaking about a book he wrote called Mavericks: A Gallery of Texas Characters.  

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For the past few months, a commonly misunderstood culture and religion has been on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures downtown. Sikh: Legacy of the Punjab hopes to demystify Sikhism, a monotheistic religion from South Asia often confused with other religions. 

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The 44th annual Texas Folklife Festival arrives this weekend bringing with it 40 cultural groups all celebrating their diverse traditions.

Among the varied exhibitors are several who maintain the old customs of a bygone era. Blacksmithing and traditional bread making are two of the most popular exhibitions at the festival with crowds three deep observing their demonstrations.

What is it about the old patterns of life and their customs that intrigue us today? Why continue to learn these--some would say--antiquated techniques?

Guests:

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They’re a part of the American West that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but maybe it’s high time they did.  They were called the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Institute of Texan Cultures wants you to know about them.

“Buffalo Soldiers after the Civil War became very prevalent in West Texas as it led up into the Indian Wars.”

Greg Garret’s an Education Specialist with the Institute.

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