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Gracia Manzanares-Torres: 2014 TXF Intern

Gracia Manzanares-Torres is a rising junior at Williams College where she is majoring in English Literature and minoring in Latino/a Studies. During her junior year at LBJ High School, Gracia was part of the program Stories from Deep in The Heart along with two of her peers. She worked on an audio story that dealt with her parents' immigration story and the cultural changes that they experienced in leaving San Luis Potosi, Mexico and coming to Texas.

Swedish-Texan Traditions

Ever seen a ghost? What about a town full of Swedish ghosts in the Rio Grande Valley?

Tap Dance in Texas

Tap dance is a folk art form that drew from Irish and other percussive forms of dance but originated in the American South in the mid 19th Century. It gained wider audiences in the early 1900s in the Vaudeville and jazz scenes. Many of the members of my "folklife family" don't know this, but my first passion in life is dance.

Having some PUN at Wurstfest

It seems like one of the easiest words in Texas to use as a pun is wurst. My head was full of clever puns after attending Wurstfest in New Braunfels last weekend. A two-week celebration of the German influence on Texas culture through food and music is what this 50 year old festival is all about. As always, my reason for going was to hear some of the best German & Czech bands from around the state, country and world but I found myself prioritizing the food when I walked through the gates.

South Louisiana & South Texas: Gulf Coast Cousins

Last weekend I attended the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette for the first time. Blackpot is a music and food festival celebrating the culture of Southern Louisiana's Acadiana Region. There is a wide range of musical styles and a variety of foods, each being prepared in - you guessed it: black pots. One of the things I found interesting was the similarities between this region and the Gulf Coast Texas region in which I was raised.

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