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Institute of Texan Cultures

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From a great exhibit to the musical roots of the Texas cowboy, there's lots going on this weekend.

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Thirty five local kids were asked what it means to be from San Antonio…Texas, and the world. And then they were given art supplies. That artwork now hangs in the Institute of Texan Cultures in an exhibit called “Little Texan, Big World.”

 

It’s not often that five year olds get their art displayed in a museum. At the Institute of Texan Cultures, 250 K-12 students from Comal County now have their artwork shown in an exhibit that celebrates the history and heritage of New Braunfels. TPR’s Louisa Jonas reports a lot of work went into the multimedia show.

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If the idea of expressing thankfulness for what you have by heading to the mall to buy more on Black Friday rubs you the wrong way, you're not alone. Why not do something enriching instead?

"We have an alternative here with our exhibits," says Sarah Gould.

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.

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.”

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