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What does ‘Auld Lang Syne’ mean?

After the ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, the crowd cheers, couples kiss, confetti flies and the song you hear is "Auld Lang Syne." For Americans this song is associated with another year passing, but it...

Making a nutcracker from tree boughs

In this video from The Homestead Craftsman, a husband and wife team up to create a revolutionary war soldier inspired nutcracker from what look to be boughs of a tree. And it actually cracks nuts! The entire process, ...

The record-setting Queen of Limbo

Shemika Campbell hails from a long line of limbo. Both her mother and her grandmother were limbo dancers, carrying on the traditionally Trinidadian form of dance. Shemika is keeping up the family legacy, taking limbo ...

Amanda Crowe, Eastern Band Cherokee Indian woodcarver

Amanda Crowe was a prolific artist and educator known for her woodcarvings of animals. She is featured in this November 2018 Google Doodle, a collaboration with the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual and William H. Crowe, Jr...

Abigail Mendoza, world renowned Zapotec chef

Mexico's Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a ...

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

Stilt fishing in Sri Lanka

Anura Wijewikrama fishes two hours each morning and two hours each evening. And like his grandfather and father before him, he does so on handmade stilts driven into the sand. He is one of the few still carrying on th...

Alebrijes, Mexico’s Beautiful Monsters

All across Mexico, fantastical creatures can be found dotting the streets, covered in bright colors, giant wings, bulging eyes and viper tongues. These are alebrijes, papier-mâché creations that have become a staple o...

Mexican piñas pottery handmade with natural clay

Pedro Hernández Carlos, Isabel Cerrano and their family make intricately-decorated Mexican pottery with a mix of natural clays from the mountains just a kilometer from where they live in San José de Gracia, Michoacán....

How Japanese paper lanterns are made

Using worn stencils and thick brushes, an artisan paints the floral decorations on the thin paper. A framework of wood helps to shape the thin boning that the paper will be attached to. Another artisan adds details to...

In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour...

Kapa Haka, a traditional Māori art form

“We perform haka as an expression of pride,” says Karl Johnstone. Kapa haka, a traditional Māori posture dance, “was about not only intimidating the opponents, but it was about how do we actually prevent degenerating ...

How to Make 29 Handmade Pasta Shapes With 4 Types of Dough

How are different kinds of pasta shapes made? In this epic 27-minute Bon Appétit video, Eataly Flatiron's pastaio Luca D'Onofrio demonstrates how to make 29 handmade pasta shapes with four types of dough: Semolina pas...

How to Make Tomato Paste in Sicily

At the end of last summer I spent five glorious days in Sicily learning how to put sunshine in a jar. It’s easy. Take a ridiculously large amount of perfectly ripe Sicilian tomatoes. Cut them up. Leave them in the sun...

My Father’s Tools and the indigenous art of basket weaving

From finding a bendable Black Ash tree in the forest—"He chooses the specific log based on soil, smell, and even the sound of the tree when you bang on it."—to chopping, preparing, and refining it for weaving, Stephen...

Food of the Enslaved: Michael Twitty cooks recipes from American history

Historic interpreter and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty preserves and promotes the food traditions of enslaved African and African American communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the dishes he makes to...

The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo

Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities: on fabric it is antibacte...

How Yodoe oil-paper umbrellas are crafted in Japan

There's a long tradition of making oil-paper umbrellas in Yodoe, a city in the Tottori Prefecture of Japan. The process involves over 70 steps, crafted on a variety of specially-made tools by skilled artisans, includi...

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