Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • When Christophe Cheret and associate Richard Poisson, both Burgundians from France, went to Hebron in Palestine last summer to teach kitemaking and flying to Arab children, they found that kiting was one of the few play activities there. The reasons have to do with the special circumstances of life in one of the most highly disputed cities in the world. Hebron has 500 Jewish settlers living, for religious reasons, in the midst of 120,000 Moslem Palestinians. Only Israeli army protection permits this to continue.
  • The giant kites of Guatemala——barriletes gigantes, as they are called in Spanish—are amazing when viewed either in flight or up close. Up to 40 feet across, the circular kites are flown on the Day of the Dead—the lst of November—in just two Mayan Indian villages near the capital, Guatemala City. Why there and nowhere else, no one is able to say, since credible historical documentation is in short supply, although this ritual kite flying is clearly a very old tradition.
  • After the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of l876, so many countries gave the contents of their national exhibits to the Smithsonian Institution, as the museum arm of the United States Government, that the Smithsonian was obliged to construct a building to house and display these treasures. The museum was called the Arts and Industries Building, and it can be visited today on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., sandwiched between the old Smithsonian Castle and the Hirshhorn art museum. Some of the Centennial objects remain on exhibition to this day.
  • I have (with a bit of help) just established an absolutely definitive new benchmark in customer abuse. This is how it happened:
  • The Drachen Foundation was the recipient of an exciting gift in late 2000. Fifteen Korean kites, all over 100 years old, made a circuitous journey into the Drachen collection. The kites were originally bought by or given to Georges Lefevre, French consul to the Orient in the 1890s. They passed within his family to his grandchildren, one of whom gave them to Dr. Francoise Forriere, former president of the French kite club, Le Doit Du Vent (The Wind Club?).