Caravan to America: Living Arts of the Silk Road

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This summer the cellist Yo-Yo Ma highlights a year devoted to his Silk Road Project at the spectacular National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Through exhibits, concerts, and lectures, the festival celebrates the arts, crafts, and music of the lands along the ancient trade route. Through telling interviews, lavish color photos, maps, and intriguing sidebars, this book captures all the vitality of the project, honoring cultural traditions that flourish along the Silk Road and the ways they are affirmed or ...
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Overview

This summer the cellist Yo-Yo Ma highlights a year devoted to his Silk Road Project at the spectacular National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Through exhibits, concerts, and lectures, the festival celebrates the arts, crafts, and music of the lands along the ancient trade route. Through telling interviews, lavish color photos, maps, and intriguing sidebars, this book captures all the vitality of the project, honoring cultural traditions that flourish along the Silk Road and the ways they are affirmed or altered in America. From the stories of eight artists from Silk Road lands who now live in America, young readers sample recipes with a Persian cook, dodge the moves of a Korean martial artist, and pluck the strings of a Greek oud, the ancestor of the lute and guitar.

Profiles eight artists and artisans now living in America who are originally from the "Silk Road," an ancient network of caravan trails through which trade goods, ideas, and arts pass between Asia and the Mediterranean.

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Publishers Weekly
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project (which he started "to share and explore the rich cultural traditions of the peoples of the Silk Road," according to the foreword) marks the inspiration for a book for young readers, Caravan to America: Living Arts of the Silk Road by John Major and Betty Belanus. The authors profile eight people in the U.S. who actively practice these traditional arts, including Yeshi Dorjee, a Tibetan monk living near Los Angeles, who creates Buddhist thangka paintings; Iranian-American chef Najmieh Batmanglij; and Greek-American oud, or lute, maker Peter Kyvelos. Photos and traditional prints illustrate the offering.
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Gr 5-8-In 1998, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and others started the Silk Road Project to promote the varied cultures and traditions of the countries that lie along the path of this ancient trade route. Though traders and explorers began to move along the famous route more than 2000 years ago, the arts, crafts, and music that have flourished along its length are very much alive today. Full of colorful and informative archival and contemporary photographs and drawings, this book profiles eight different artists whose cultural roots are in the countries of the Silk Road and who now live in the United States. They are: a performer of Peking opera, a Korean-American martial artist, a Tibetan artist-monk, a Turkmen rug restorer, a singer from Bukhara, an Iranian-American cook, a calligrapher of Armenian background, and a Greek American oud maker. Each person's story is told in an interesting manner, and information about their specialty and its history is woven throughout the text. Pertinent maps, a detailed glossary, a well-annotated list of further reading, and a thorough index add to the book's usefulness. Not only is the work informative, but it is handsome as well. Traditional motifs form borders on many of the pages, and appropriate designs and pieces of art accompany the photographs illustrating the work of each artist.-Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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This offshoot of Yo Yo Ma's "Silk Road Project" profiles nine immigrants or descendants of immigrants from countries along that ancient trade route, who are actively practicing distinctive traditional arts in the US. Some, such as Tibetan religious painter Yeshi Dorjee or Turkmen rug restorer Abdul Khaliq Muradi, brought skills with them from overseas, while calligrapher La Verne Magarian and oud maker Peter Kyvelos re-discovered arts from their cultural heritages. From the generous array of color photos and explanatory sidebars, as well as the lucid main narrative, readers will get a sense of each practitioner as an individual, as well as a general introduction to what he or she does. Though a deejay of Punjabi descent ("DJ Rekha") closes by embracing the modern world's many outside musical influences on the "Bhangra" style she plays, many of the interviewees express worry that their traditions will disappear into the melting pot. But not yet is the clear message here. (afterword, glossary, bibliography for further reading, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812626667
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 130
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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