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Art to Zoo: Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines (1980)
Lesson plan introducing students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African Voices
Website exploring the diversity and global influence of African culture. Includes interactive historical timeline from pre-history to the present, an exploration of overarching themes, highlighted African art, interviews with modern Africans, a bibliography, and interactive maps.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History
Online exhibit featuring contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto discussing how his artwork reflects ancient art in an interview and written description. He muses on contemporary and ancient art, the nature of history, and Japanese religious history.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Magic and Technology in Early Modern Europe
Written version of Anthony Grafton's 2002 lecture titled, “Magic and Technology in Early Modern Europe.”.In his lively and entertaining presentation, Grafton showed how “the notion of a mathematical or artificial magic” rose from the ancient art of natural magic, embodied in such things as prayers and talismans, to the complex optical, hydraulic and mechanical devices that “not only rivaled, but actually outdid, the creative powers of nature itself.” The machines and automata that emulated nature and the movement of living beings were so astonishing at first that the engineers had to seek independent authoritative testimony that the devices were the product of engineering skill, not occult practices.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Music of Ghana: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence
Webpage discusses how Ghana’s musical traditions remain intimately attached to the survival of communities. Video and audio clips demonstrate the ways that the music marks the cycles of life, animates religious rituals, and communicates social values.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Música del Pueblo
Bilingual online exhibit featuring a diverse range of Latin American and Latino musics. This interactive exhibit invites visitors to meet musicians, learn about the world of meaning behind the songs, and sing the songs, tap the rhythms and experience the panorama of diverse expression we call musica latina. Includes 24 high-quality videos arranged by thematic category.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Hats Off! A Salute to African Headwear
Online exhibition presenting the history and significance of various forms of African headwear and the people who wear them.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Japan: Images of a People
Lesson plans bring Japanese and American art into comparison, illuminating the cultural heritage of Japan. Students create Japanese painted screens.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Afghan Rubậb: The Lion of Instruments
Lesson in which students analyze and play (on guitar and drums) the traditional Afghan music played on rubậb and tabla. Includes a discussion of the censorship of traditional music under the Taliban.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Música Latina: Exploring Hispanic Heritage through Music
Webpage includes an essay on the growing Latino community in the United States and the infusion of Latin music. Includes musical selections from Colombia, Texas, and Puerto Rico, and film clips of live performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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