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?