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Remembering Olive Lewin (1927-2013)

Olive Lewin engages a group of young audience members from one of the stages at the 1989 Folklife Festival. Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution

Olive Lewin engages a group of young audience members from one of the stages at the 1989 Folklife Festival.
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution

Olive Lewin—a renowned Jamaican folklorist, musicologist, singer, actress, and community servant—passed away on April 10, 2013, at the age of eighty-five. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage was honored to work with her on past Folklife Festivals, including the African Diaspora program (1973-1976) and The Caribbean: Cultural Encounters in the New World program (1989).

Read a tribute by James Early (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

Read a tribute by Jake Homiak (Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology)

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