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

  • The common wisdom is that kites were unknown in black Africa, that is in the vast region south of the Sahara desert, until introduced some hundreds of years ago by occupying European colonial powers. The wisdom seems to be that kites were unknown too in the northern rim of Africa, mostly Moslem countries stretching from Algeria to Egypt, until introduced hundreds of years ago from the Middle East, where they may have arrived from India.
  • To the best of present knowledge, the word “kite” stems from the Old English “cyta,” meaning a bird of prey of the hawk family and distinguished by long pointed wings and a forked tail. The bird was also called a “glade” in England and was fairly common there during the Middle Ages.
  • It doesn’t seem possible, but Dr. Devinder Pal Singh Sehgal of Chandigarh, India, has managed to make kites so small they pass through the eye of a needle. The kites measure 2.1 by 2.1mm (.08274th of an inch), he says. Dr. Sehgal claims his kites set a record for tiny. Any competition? As Ali Fujino, administrator of the Drachen Foundation, says of this curiosity, “I love this stuff. India needs more cable TV. These people have too much time.”
  • More than might be imagined, it is a commonplace for there to be conflicting claims regarding the primacy of invention in the field of kites, flight...and all inventions. These contests of authorship tend to follow a pattern and reflect attitudes reminiscent of the information recently presented by Istvan Bodoczky, who has raised a question concerning the origin of the Sled kite. The l904 Hungarian ethnographic journal he enters into evidence includes a description, accompanied by a drawing, of a “Buda Jewish kite” remarkably similar in its appearance to William A.
  • Terrorism in the Philippines has forced Orly Ongkingco of Manila to temporarily halt his research on kites throughout the archipelago. Ongkingco was the recipient of a grant from the Drachen Foundation to document the broad-spectrum kite culture of his country—the various types of kites, their makers, raw materials, tools, history, mythology. He was not only charged with doing written research but also with making photographs, as well as collecting choice examples of kites.