Mississippi is home to a wide range of traditional art forms and distinct community events.

The music, crafts, and other traditions help the state’s residents to pass on their beliefs to younger generations and reinforce their community’s shared identity.

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Mississippi is home to scores of individuals who take raw materials found in their community and create objects of beauty or tools for everyday use. Basketmakers, woodcarvers, a bottle cap artist, and many others are featured here.


This is primarily the domain of the state’s diverse musical talent (including blues, gospel, old-time, bluegrass and the music of recent immigrant groups), but also included are traditional dancers and other performance-based art forms.

Community Traditions:

Folklife traditions can involve a part of or an entire community. This category features events or other activities (including religious events, unique food traditions, and others) that different Mississippi communities use to celebrate their history and culture.


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