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Bottoms Up Game Calls / Little Quacker Outdoor Pro

Glen Phillips, a master bird caller, is one of the people who will be filling the Mall with strange sounds at the 38th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, starting today.

Along with boat builders, fishing experts, duck decoy makers, conservationists and a wide range of musical performers whose muse lingers among the tides and marshes of their homes, Phillips is a part of the festival's "Water Ways" exhibit, which celebrates the life-rich maritime communities stretching from Long Island to North Carolina.

Phillips's marsh-life ilk -- flanked by the festival's other tributes to Latin music and the historic and artistic independence of Haiti -- will be on the south side of the Mall, and you might home in