Our all-Irish Episode is "live" for St. Patrick's Day. March seems like the perfect time for The Seams to go to Ireland. 2016 is especially resonant. This year, Ireland celebrates 100 years as a Republic, following the tragic events of the Easter Uprising of 1916. Now, a century later, there will be commemorations and celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic.
We interview Ireland's first-ever female ambassador to Washington, Anne Anderson. We'll also meet Tristan Donaghy of Studio Donegal-- and hear how his family revived hand-spun tweed-making. And it would't be an Irish story without the Irish diaspora. Knitwear designer Margaret O'Leary left County Kerry for San Francisco with her knitting needles-- it's a great story! Join our Irish wedding in Connemara-- you'll meet designer, Helen McAlinden. So many Irish threads--but we weave them together in this podcast!
This pageant responds to the tribe’s need for a female ambassador to the wider world, in part by preserving traditions, especially patchwork, which is sewn by hand and which is the signifying “look” of the Seminoles. The young women who participate in the pageant are considered the "life-givers" of this small tribe.
Seminole patchwork is hand-cut or -torn into traditional symbols, it's worn on all kinds of garments, and it's a hallmark of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. “Osceola at the 50-Yard Line” begins an NPR series from The Seams about this patchwork, which represents both the tribe and its adopted team, the Florida State University Seminoles, a college football powerhouse, in Tallahassee.
Since the late 1970s and with the tribe’s permission, an FSU student re-enactor plays the great Seminole hero at all of the university's home football games. Dressed in patchwork and authentic regalia handmade by the tribe, Osceola rides into the football stadium on an Appaloosa horse named Renegade and throws a flaming spear toward the 50-yard line. This Saturday marks the big-deal last game of the season for Florida State against their fiercest rivals, the University of Florida Gators!
"Seminole People of the Cloth: A Patchwork History" is produced by The Seams' Elaine Heinzman and Jacki Lyden, with help from the NPR Arts Desk and NPR's Code Switch. Thanks also to Georgi Goldstein.
A multi-platform podcast and NPR series dedicated to the human experience of wearing clothing, The Seams is deepening the intellectual curiosity around what we wear and, for the first time, bringing together millions of public-radio audience members and the fashion world. The Seams team includes veteran NPR producers and editors and was founded in 2014 by former NPR host Jacki Lyden, who felt public-radio audiences were missing the connection between clothing, a multi-billion dollar global industry, and culture. The Seams explores fashion and clothing from an anthropological perspective, sharing stories about the design, manufacture, symbolism, politics, traditions, and history behind garments.
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