Memphis goes to DC: Smithsonian Folklife Festival; July 5-8, 2023 First NFN Convening: Lakota Land, Rapid City, SD; March 26-29, 2023 The NFN The National Folklife Network posing in front of the Oglala Lakota Artspace, March 28, 2023. Sean Chandler (Rocky Mountain west) standing and talking to the meeting room. Pedro Adorno standing and talking to the group in the meeting room. Holly Doll, Peter Strong, and Tasha Abourezk (Northern Plains) sitting at a table, writing. Natalie Hopkinson talking to the group in the meeting room. Maribel Alvarez and Cheryl Schiele presenting to the group. Tasha shared her journey from quilting to founding her handmade bag company, MHAZUETSA. She explained, “I found that with sewing and quilting, I could utilize textiles as a means to explore my heritage and personal experiences. It was like I was stitching together my culture into a contemporary interpretation that honored the past.” Tasha showing her handmade bag. Tasha’s quilt Dorimar shared the struggles, needs, and triumphs of using theater to organize the Memphis, Spanish-speaking, Latinx community. Taylar, our Gen Z Community Voice repping DC, shared her path and vision towards community healing based in Black and Indigenous knowledge. NFN Director, Dr. Maribel Alvarez standing on stage welcoming the NFN. Lori Pourier Standing on stage, speaking into the mic and welcoming the NFN to Rapid City, South Dakota. Emmy Her Many Horses welcoming us to the Dahl Arts Center Chef Brave Heart and her daughter, Pia, posing in front of the feast she cooked for the NFN welcome dinner. DC and Tom having a fancy dinner. Alisha, Omar, Cathy, Pedro, Debra, Claudio, Leia, and Corey standing in front of the Oglala Lakota Artspace. CadyShaw, Tom Farris, and Susan Feller (Southern Plains) posing for a photo. Tom is wearing a beaded Skeletor necklace. Molina Two Bulls taught the group to make medicine bags. Molina standing in front of a class of medicine bag sewers. Tasha Abourezk and Claudio Mir focusing on sewing. Natalie, Pedro, and Taylar work on their medicine bags. Ben Jacuk sewing his medicine bag Emily, Valarie and Jay work on their medicine bags. Taylar Enlow holding her coffee and posing wearing her medicine bag. Cheryl Schiele posing wearing her medicine bag. Helene Gaddie holds food. Helene instructs the group on how to make Wasna. Making wasna Helene Gaddie instructs a seated group how to cook. The group is sitting in an art studio painting parfleche boxes. Instructor Mike Marshall is guiding the group. Indra painting her parfleche box Omar Santiago Fuentes paints his painted parfleche box. Betty and Maggie pain their parfleche boxes. Omar Santiago Fuentes shows off his painted parfleche box. A smiling Corey Travis shows off his painted parfleche box.