Expressive Idaho

Arlie Sommer / Idaho Commission on the Arts

Norma Pintar has been teaching traditional Mexican daance in the Treasure Valley for more than 20 years. In 2012, she received the Governor's Award in the Arts to help establish a Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa. There she met Jayf Ebert, who started dancing with her when he was just five. Now, at 16, Ebert is learning the traditional dances of the state of Campeche, Mexico through the Idaho Commission on the Arts' Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.


Olivia Weitz

Olivia Weitz joins us to present the final installment of Expressive Idaho ​as she takes us to Idaho's Buckaroo Country to learn the art of saddle making.

On The Friday, March 8, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Mar 7, 2019

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Surel's Place artist-in-residence to undertake daunting task of endurance.
  • Expressive Idaho looks at the art of saddle making.

Olivia Weitz

Olivia Weitz joins Idaho Matters to share the latest installment of Expressive Idaho. This month, Weitz visits a master of traditional Iranian drumming.

On The Monday, February 11, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Feb 8, 2019

  • A look at the medical implications of Medicaid expansion.
  • A bill is introduced to the Idaho legislature to curtail human sex trafficking.
  • State officials face scrutiny for record hemp bust.
  • Expressive Idaho visits a traditional Iranian drummer.

Middle Eastern Folk Drums Echo In Idaho

Jan 30, 2019
Olivia Weitz / Boise State Public Radio

The daf drum is one of the oldest instruments in the Middle East. In Iran, the instrument has traditionally been used in Islamic prayer rituals. About 40 years ago, musicians started playing this drum in more contemporary settings. Jan Porvas, who is from Iran, plays it in Idaho.

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What do batik and cowboy boots have in common? Both are works of art and both are featured today on our Expressive Idaho program. We take a trip to a boot shop near Mackay and an art studio in Boise with reporter Olivia Weitz.

Olivia Weitz

Expressive Idaho's Olivia Weitz visits a young ranch-hand learning the Western Art of saddle making.

On The Friday, November 16, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Nov 15, 2018

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • A ranch hand learns how to make saddles.
  • Boise State's Kelly Hopping sees climate change in Tibetan fungus.

Olivia Weitz

It’s hard to learn how to form silver and engrave it from a YouTube video. Mastering the ins-and-outs of being a silversmith requires learning from someone in person. Expressive Idaho's Olivia Weitz visits an apprentice silversmith in Twin Falls to learn about this Western tradition.

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting president and CEO addresses future of NPR and PBS
  • Expressive Idaho looks at the Western tradition of silversmithing
  • A wicked scary film festival visits Boise
  • Boise Rock School celebrates 10th anniversary

Olivia Weitz

Salmon resident Jeff Minor loves leather. Specifically, he enjoys crafting rawhide into thin, braid-able strips he uses to make bolo ties, hatbands and all kinds of cowboy gear. Olivia Weitz traveled upstate to meet Minor for Boise State Public Radio's Expressive Idaho series and she joins Idaho Matters to tell us about this Western tradition.

On The Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 1, 2018

  • Ways to break through the downward spiral following eviction
  • Researchers look at storms on Saturn's moon, Titan
  • Boise State Public Radio's 'You Know The Place' begins Season 2
  • 'Expressive Idaho' examines the art of braiding rawhide

Olivia Weitz

Olivia Weitz introduces us to folk artists in Idaho with a series of profiles featuring master folk artists and apprentices in the Idaho Commission on the Arts’ Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Today, we look at Boisians keeping the traditions of Indian dance alive.

Expressive Idaho: Indian Dancing In Boise

Jul 31, 2018
Olivia Weitz / Idaho Commission on the Arts

Performers of Indian dance often rely on dramatic facial expressions and hand gestures to entertain and tell stories. Their bright costumes and eye makeup may stand out the most for those who are unfamiliar with the South Asian art form, or have glimpsed it only in Bollywood films. But those expressions and gestures are rooted in ancient Indian folk dance and classical forms like Bharatanatyam: a dance with spiritual qualities that has been performed in South Indian temples for centuries.