The vitality and diversity of the Western Canadian province of Alberta was celebrated in the heart of America’s capital in summer 2006 as part of the internationally renowned Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
With the fastest-growing economy in Canada, Alberta’s wealth extends beyond its oil sands and gas fields, beyond its majestic Rocky Mountains and rich agricultural plains, and beyond its legendary ranches and its thriving cosmopolitan, multicultural cities.
Alberta’s true wealth is its people–a diverse, hard-working, innovative population whose “can do” spirit has transformed a frontier territory into a prosperous province with a vibrant cultural landscape. Celebrating its centennial in 2005, Alberta is the first Canadian province to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Through dynamic performances, demonstrations, and educational programs, more than 120 of Alberta’s finest musicians, storytellers, cooks, craftspeople, occupational specialists, and cultural experts celebrated the living traditions that make and sustain Alberta’s unique culture.
Scott was invited along with Chuck Stormes and others to demonstrate their craft and answer questions from the public. This was a marvelous opportunity for us to not only interact with the local peole and tourists in the Washington area, but as well, a chance to visit some of the many collections maintained by this time honoured institute.