Cynthia Vidaurri

Study Leader Cynthia Vidaurri has conducted research on Cuban traditional culture for over a decade. She is the curator for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritageís project, Cuba: Confluence, Creativity, and Color. This project explores the richness and diversity of Cuban traditional cultural expressions including community-based arts, music, dance, crafts, ritual practices, medicinal traditions, and food, among others. She is developing a research project on the presence of Cuban indigenous culture found in iconography and tourism. Cynthia is currently a Folklorist at the National Museum of the American Indianís Office for Latin America (Museum Scholarship Group) and is currently working on the Caribbean Indigenous Legacy Project. For ten years, she was a Folklife Specialist/Curator at the Smithsonian Institutionís Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage where she researched and developed Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs, exhibitions, web products, training workshops, and sound recordings. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. from Texas A&I University.