Letter to the Editor: Names of One World immigrant artists disclosed
On behalf of the One World Library Project, I would like to thank Melody Daigle for her recent letter to the Addison Independent rightfully questioning why images of immigrant artists in Vermont were not all identified by name in our press release article for our October program in Bristol on “How Immigrants Make Their Mark on Vermont.”
The images were all from research interview sessions done by folklorist Gregory Sharrow, who was our October program presenter ,and they were taken by Ned Castle at the Vermont Folklife Center. There are a number of reasons why we were unable to get the names of these immigrant artists in time for printing the article, but we do apologize for that as we agree it is important to honor and respect the individuals portrayed. Dr. Sharrow, of course, did mention them by name at the program itself.
So belatedly, here are the names of the immigrant artists whose images were part of the article: The Somali-Bantu musician is Mohamed Ibrahim, the Burmese weaver is True Tender, and the Somali-Bantu embroiderer is Masiti Mohamed.
We hope that readers also keep in mind that in the charged political atmosphere we are currently in, there may sometimes be instances where new immigrants do not want their names used with their images and if that is the case, we will respect their wishes.
Anne Majusiak, Board President
One World Library Project
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