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Lu’au: A Hawaiian Feast
Virtual exhibition on the music, food, dancing and other traditions of the Hawaiian lu’au. Includes audio and video, as well as recipes.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom
Lesson has students play and compose music with the mbira. They explore the use of the instrument in Zimbabwe as it connects with and influences history, culture, and social change. Lesson includes notations, historical background, and recordings and images.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Meet the Mariachi: Explore Mexico’s Musical Gift to the World
An introduction to the mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and its cultural importance. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Music of the Seventh Continent
Lesson in which students learn about the culture and music of Madagascar ""experientially,"" by performing a traditional song. Includes a map of Madagascar.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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My People, Our People
Teacher resource combining activity and discussion exercises with sculpture, painting, poetry, and music of African American artists.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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National Heritage Awards: Honoring Traditional Artists in the USA
Video and audio clips on this webpage honor the “national living treasures” of American Folklife. Learn about the National Heritage Award and how the music of folk artists represents the diverse cultural and heritage traditions that make up our national character.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Ntan Drum
Curriculum resource providing an in-depth glance at Ntan bands, popular among the Asante peoples of Ghana between 1920s and 1950s. Provides suggestions for integrated classroom activities to accompany the material.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian
Interactive website that offers fresh ways of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement by making connections between history and art. It includes nearly 40 artworks, from a 1908 portrait of Booker T. Washington to the “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Web 2.0 tools bring teachers together to discuss the materials and to share lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Protest Songs: A Musical Introduction
Lesson on the music, significance, and social/historical context of famous protest songs. Students will sing, listen, and discuss famous protest songs. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Radio Latino
Audio site featuring traditional and contemporary Latino music.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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