Institute of Texan Cultures

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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.

Jim Lincoln

The Institute of Texan Cultures has begun an exhibit called 'Makers and Their Inspiration.'   What the Makers are making is quilts. Lots of ‘em.

“They come from all over Texas.”

Sandra Sider curated the two collections here, and runs the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange. As Sider explains, those creating quilts for this exhibit did so in Texas.

"Geographically they go all the way from up north all the way down to almost the Rio Grande, so it’s a huge geographic swath.”

Erich Schlegel

Fronteras: Tino Duran, publisher of San Antonio bilingual newspaper La Prensa, just went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Duran’s daughter Nina joins us on Fronteras to talk about her father and the family’s journey with Alzheimer’s. Imagine traveling the entire Rio Grande, just you, a canoe and some paddles. A couple of journalists are doing just that. We check in on the progress of the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.

Expedition Tracking the Disappearing Rio Grande

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It’s a slowly disappearing lifestyle in Texas, but this Sunday it’ll be all on display. The Institute for Texan Cultures is featuring one of those cultures: Tejano Ranching.

"There’s a whole culture and way of life around ranching," said the ITC's Brandon Aniol. "A lot of the folks we’re going to have on Sunday are active ranchers and vaqueros in their everyday life. "

Vaqueros is the Spanish word for cowboys.

"And we’re bringing their lifeways into the museum here for folks to look at," said Aniol.

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