Alan Lomax was an American folklorist and ethnomusicologist. He was one of the great ﬁeld collectors of folk music and spent much of the early part of the 20th century driving across America in a car that he modiﬁed to house his recording equipment so that he could record the folk music of the American people. He contributed a large amount of recording to what would come to be the Smithsonian Folkways Collection. Smithsonian Folkways states that their mission "is to document people’s music."
Manitoba Folkways is an endeavor similar in nature to Lomax’s and the mission of the Folkways Collection. Artists Jen Delos Reyes and Kerri-Lynn Reeves drove across Manitoba in search of examples of contemporary vernacular music about the lives of Manitobans. Manitoba Folkways is an audio portrait of the province today.