Caravan to America: Living Arts of the Silk Road

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Cricket Books, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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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 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.

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Korean American Martial Artist
Tibetan ArtistMonk
Turkmen Rug Restorer
Bukhara Singer
Iranian American Cook
Armenians American Calligrapher
Peter Kyvelos Qreek American OuJi Maker
Afterword DJ Rekha
Suggestions for Further Reading 129 Photo Credits

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About the author (2002)

John Major has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntington since 1979. He served as Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer before succeeding Margaret Thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister in November 1990. He was to hold both positions until May 1997, winning a remarkable victory in the 1992 general election.

John Major and his wife, Norma, live in London and Huntington. They have two children, Elizabeth and James.

Belanus is a Folklorist working at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.