Creating Refuge

Creating Refuge

Bhutanese-Nepali Life in Rochester

Saturday, March 10, 11am–4pm

After living in refugee camps as the result of ethnic cleansing, Bhutanese-Nepali families were first settled in Rochester in 2008. 

To learn more about Bhutanese-Nepali culture, observe traditional knitting and dumpling-making, experience traditional dance demonstrations—and even learn a few dance steps yourself!

At 3pm, join us in the Bausch Auditorium as Hannah Davis of New York Folklore Society shares an overview of her year-long effort to document and present the everyday traditions of Monroe County.


Karenni Life in Rochester

Saturday, March 17, 11am–3pm

From Burma’s Kayah State, many Karenni fled to refugee camps during conflicts in the mid-‘90s. Their resettlement in Rochester began in the mid-2000s.

Explore Karenni culture through traditional dance, music, foods, flute-making and customary clothing. Accompanied by local Karenni musicians, try out some simple dance steps with the help of Karenni community members. 

These New York Folklore Society  events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Their organization has been aided by the generous, collaborative spirit of the following organizations and individuals: community consultants Lachuman Pokhrel, Hemlal Suberi, and Lin Lin; Karenni Rochester Youth; Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services; the RIT Industrial Design program; the RIT Museum Studies program; the RIT School of Individualized Studies; and Foodlink.


Photos: Karenni community members, by Hannah Davis/New York Folklore Society


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