December 13, 2021

Masquerade at Your Doorstep

Jonkonnu revelers sing and dance through neighborhoods, visiting homes where their pageantry might be favored with a gift of money.

December 8, 2021

Tourists Meet Bees

In Mexico, a successful project brings together volunteers and local beekeepers.

December 7, 2021


Lessons learned from the people of Tijuana.

December 6, 2021

Volunteer Tourism

It’s an important economic and cultural resource in many countries.

December 3, 2021

Kids Science Destinations

Turning a museum into a Scavenger Hunt.

December 2, 2021


Home of the largest pendulum on the planet.

November 30, 2021


Comrade, we get a whole lot of Levis this way!

November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving Parade Balloons

What does it take to handle a four-story high balloon?

November 24, 2021

Inflation Day

The sounds of a New York holiday tradition.

November 23, 2021

First Thanksgiving

All the trappings of a traditional Native American meal.

November 4, 2021

Bathing the Gods

Divine statues are bathed with milk, honey, and other symbolic offerings during the Hindu celebration of Diwali.

November 1, 2021

All Saints’ Day in New Orleans – Holt Cemetery

Among the graveyards of New Orleans, Holt Cemetery is exceptional. Here, the dead are actually buried in the ground.

October 29, 2021

Sounds of All Saints’ Day

A gospel song and a graveyard party: the unique sounds of New Orleans on the Day of the Dead.

October 6, 2021

Canterbury Tales in Mexico

The fall, well-known as a time of animal migrations, is also a time of human pilgrimage.

October 5, 2021

The Miraculous Statue

In Magdalena, Mexico, a statue of St. Francis Xavier draws thousands of worshippers on pilgrimage.

October 4, 2021

Magdalena Pilgrimage

Every October, there’s a sixty mile pilgrimage to the Mexican village of Magdalena in honor of St. Francis.

September 30, 2021

Marriage, Berber Style

Sights and sounds at an annual festival in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

September 29, 2021

Time Capsule of an Ancient Practice

In the rituals performed by the Coptic Church, a Christian denomination with roots in Egypt, little has changed in eighteen hundred years.

September 28, 2021

Festival of St. Lazarus

In the Brazilian state of Bahia, St. Lazarus day is a celebration that blends European and African heritages.

September 23, 2021

Statues of Wonderland

Alice merits two statues in the park, and the caterpillar gets a make-over!

September 22, 2021

Gabra – Well Songs

Amongst the Gabra people of northeastern Africa, the dry season provides an opportunity for a ritual gathering of work and song.

September 21, 2021

Gabra – Dikhir

Dikhirs are spiritual chants intended to maintain harmony in world of the Gabra people.

September 20, 2021

Gabra – Out is Out

For the men of the Gabra, nomadic life demands separation from their families but it also affords an opportunity for friendship and freedom from social pressures.

September 17, 2021

Gabra – Order and Disorder

In the traditions of the nomadic Gabra people, order is kept through strict attention to ritual observances.

September 16, 2021

Gabra – Small Dry

Songs sung by these nomadic herders reflect a joy shared in togetherness amidst a harsh environment that demands separation.

September 15, 2021

Gabra – Night Music

In the east African Desert, women of a nomadic tribe fill the evening air with song.

September 14, 2021

Kuarup- Remembrance and Wrestling

The highlight of the 2-day Kuarup festival is a much anticipated but surprisingly non-competitive wrestling match.

September 13, 2021

Kuarup- Ritual

For residents of the upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon, the souls of the dead are at the center of an annual ceremony of dance and song.

September 10, 2021

Kuarup- Reunion

The Kuarup ceremony is cause for reunion among the nine villages which inhabit the upper Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon.

September 9, 2021

Casting Off Our Misdeeds

This ancient Jewish New Year’s tradition is an exercise in shedding the spiritual debris of the past year.

September 8, 2021

A Blast of the Ram’s Horn

The call of the shofar marks the start of the Jewish New Year and reminds observers to look inward.

September 7, 2021

High Holy Days

The week following Rosh Hashanah is when Jews repent for their transgressions of the previous year.

September 3, 2021

Celebration for a Nation of Immigrants

A festival imported to America from Ghana is a way of remembering the past, while contributing to the future.

September 2, 2021

Sound and Silence

The Ga people of Ghana remember the pain of famine and the celebration of harvest.

September 1, 2021

Tobacco Auction – Thumbs Up

A veteran auctioneer explains the intricacies of his craft.