FROM THE EDITOR
Scott Skinner Ali Fujino Katie Davis
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Skinner Martin Lester Joe Hadzicki Stuart Allen Dave Lang Jose Sainz Ali Fujino
BOARD OF DIRECTORS EMERITUS
Bonnie Wright Wayne Wilson Keith Yoshida
Drachen Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about kites
In this issue of Discourse, we find another essay on the giant kites of Guatemala. Graduate student Daniel Bassili writes his observations of the cultural, historical, and political significance of these creations.
David Kahn, director of the San Diego Historical Society, writes about his notable collection of Japanese kite paintings, tako-e. David has spent years amassing a wonderful survey of 20th Century Japanese kites.
Striking photographs from Tom Jeckel and Chris Bell illustrate the power of kites in Afghanistan.
Finally, Ali Fujino gives insight into the current and future status of the Drachen Foundation. Having been actively involved in the kite scene for 15 years, we will be no less involved in the future, but we will move toward a more user-friendly online presence, as well as a sustainable, long-term bricks-and-mortar one.
It’s been an issue or two since I solicited input from you, our readers. We welcome articles about your kite passions, photo-essays of significant events, breaking news in kite technologies, or simply, reflections upon kite personalities or kite venues.
Scott Skinner Board President
Discourse is published on the Drachen Foundation website several times a year and can be downloaded for free at www.drachen.org (under “Publications”).