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Laotian ping purt, 1985
Laotian ping purt, 1985

This bamboo instrument was made by Lay Sivilay, a Laotian (Kmhmu) immigrant to California, during the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife in 1985. Since 1967 the annual festival on the National Mall has served as a living exhibition of the many ethnic cultures and traditions that make up the United States. In 1985 Laotian bamboo craftsmen shared the stage with Puerto Rican mask makers, a recreated Indian bazaar, and zydeco musicians from Louisiana.

See also: Folk Art, Musical Instruments

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