Colombian vallenato music. Family recipes. Bahamian Junkanoo parades. Christmas trees. Japanese taiko drumming. Car customizing. African American gospel. Joke telling. Haitian sign painting. Jai-alai. All of these traditional practices are examples of folklife.

Folklife includes various types of expressive traditions. Folk traditions are learned through word of mouth and/or by example. They are not learned in schools or books, but through our involvement in folk groups. These groups include families and ethnic, regional, occupational or religious communities. Types of folklife include music, dance, storytelling, handmade objects, foodways, rituals, occupational skills, and much more. These practices are rooted in a community’s history. At the same time, they are dynamic, changing to meet a community’s contemporary needs.South Florida folklife includes all of the traditions practiced by the region’s diverse peoples and cultures.

To learn more about local cultural practices, visit our Highlighted Projects page to view the various field research projects conducted by the South Florida Folklife Center. You can also learn about local traditional experts by browsing the Artist-in-Residence pages.