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Schmeckfest is a collection of vignettes filmed in the kitchens of cooks who remember milking cows on cold North Dakota mornings; at a cafe that still serves the traditional Knoepfla Soup; and at a modern Schmeckfest where, to use the literal definition of a Schmeckfest, people celebrate with a 'festival of food.'

/ West / 2000
55 minutes | Read More

Prairie Quilts

Prairie Quilts explores the wonderful works of art, expressions of love, and legacies of comfort being made by contemporary quilters.

/ West / 1999
28 minutes | Read More

Fish Decoys

Join host Mark Greenig as he journeys through the lake country of Minnesota to meet with some of the best fish decoy carvers in the world. Meet John Jenson, Duey Johnston, Jay McEvers, Otis Lael, Bob Johnson, Lawrence Bethel, and others as they share their stories and a few secrets to their success. Learn the history of fish decoys, how they work, and how they're made. Discover why fish decoys have evolved from being tools for survival to highly sought after works of art.

/ West / 2000
27 minutes | Read More

LaVaughn Robinson; Dancing History

LaVaughn Robinson, a National Heritage Fellowship award winner, was a tap-dance virtuoso on the big-band circuit in the 1940s and ’50s who became a master teacher and a major force in tap’s revival.

/ Northeast / 2003
29 minutes | Read More

A Cowhand's Song

This evocative documentary examines the plight of the ranchers of Nevada and California, who find their grazing areas increasingly threatened by many groups (even environmentalists) competing for use of the same public lands on which these ranchers depend.

/ West / 1981
30 minutes | Read More

Ranch Album

Ranch Album celebrates rough country ranching in Northern Arizona and shows real cowboy life.

/ West / 1987
01 hour, 04 minutes | Read More

The Germans from Russia

The Germans from Russia is the story of the Germans from Russia - agricultural pioneers on several continents whose quest for land and peace shaped them into a distinctive and enduring ethnic group.

Ethnic & Immigrant Cultures, Agriculture, Family, Rural Life, Canada / Midwest / 1999
57 minutes | Read More

A Soulful Sound

Throughout their travels, this enduring ethnic group maintained their traditional religious music, their lullabies and folk songs, their vocal and instrumental music. "A Soulful Sound: Music of the Germans from Russia" blends expert commentary with performances of traditional music—in the original language—from regional talent.

Ethnic & Immigrant Cultures, Music, Religion, Festivals/Customs / Midwest / 2005
56 minutes | Read More

God Given: Cultural Treasures from Armenia

The exquisite metal repoussé artistry and life experiences of Norik Astvatsaturov, formerly of Baku, Azerbaijan, now an American citizen in Wahpeton, North Dakota, reflect in microcosm the history and culture of Armenia.

Arts & Crafts, Traditional, Ethnic & Immigrant Cultures / Midwest / 2009
09 minutes | Read More

Recipes from Grandma's Kitchen: Volume 2

From the Russian steppe to the American prairies, the resourcefulness of the Germans from Russia, particularly in the preparation of food for large families, has become a rich legacy. In German-Russian life, “food was love,” and prairie mothers who left no record of their lives are remembered daily in the recipes and rituals of food preparation.

Foodways, Women, Rural Life / Midwest / 2005
50 minutes | Read More

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