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Navigating the Mekong
Website has visitors click on a map to read journals of young people who journeyed by boat through China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. Includes lessons, regional recipes, and traditional music. Targets grades 6-10.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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North American Indian Ritual and Religion Bibliography
List of references on Native American rituals and religions.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Rebel Music: A Musical Tour of the Maroon Communities
Focuses on the music of the ex-slave communities in the Americas. Songs reflect the influence of African, Native American, and European music. Includes music samples and videos of performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Saris, Kimonos, Togas & Smocks: Exploring Clothing Across Cultures (4-8)
Activity in which students conduct collaborative Internet research on the social purposes of clothing, learn about different types of clothing, and create a presentation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Webpage of Folkways Recordings. Explore, research, order, and download recordings from the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian. Includes music from the United States and around the world. Search by album, artist, country, or genre.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Women Breaking Musical Barriers: She Isn’t Supposed to Play That
Website traces the history and diversity of women in music through text, video recordings, and audio recordings.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Big/Small
Online exhibition illustrating how African artists use size and scale—both literally and metaphorically—to communicate ideas.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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A Nigerian Yoruba Naming Ceremony
Online exhibit focuses on the cultural traditions of an African immigrant community in the United States. A Nigerian family’s Naming Ceremony story raises the topics of cultural preservation, community, and family. Includes descriptions of the event, people, and links to relevant local publications.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts
This archived online conference features live presentations, moderated forums, and demonstrations of how Smithsonian specialists use critical thinking skills to solve problems in their areas of expertise. The website includes session recordings, topic discussions, and related resources. The conference covers four areas of exploration: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, and Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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North American Indian Healing and Medicine Bibliography
List of references on North American healing and medicine.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Wolastoqewiyik Education Guide
Teacher's guide focusing on the First Nations community of New Brunswick, Canada. Contains two lessons aligned to national standards exploring the interdependency of all living things from the Wolastoqewiyik perspective and the importance of rivers to communities like First Nations.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Lakota Winter Counts
Lesson plans teaching about winter counts which record events critical to the Lakota people. Lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school. Includes background information on the Lakota, curriculum connections, glossary, student lessons, and suggestions for discussion.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Main website for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage includes information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, educator resources, cultural policy, publications, and exhibitions.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Unmasking the Maya: The Story of Sna Jtz’ibajom
The work of a Maya cooperative named Sna Jtz’ibaijom, which celebrates ancient Maya traditions and fights for awareness about modern Mayan life. Includes images of artifacts and people.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Fabric of Moroccan Life
Online exhibition presenting the history and significance of weaving and textiles in Moroccan culture.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Radio Africa
Free streams of the sounds that make up the diverse music of Africa including complete tracks from the collections of Smithsonian Folkways. From the rhythms of Benin to the wedding music of Ethiopia to the traditional Zulu music of South Africa to the parade music of Senegal, you'll never know what you'll hear next. Includes podcasts of talks, interviews, story-reading.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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South Africa 1936-1949: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee
Online exhibition detailing the history and culture of South Africa through photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee. Includes details on the photographer’s life and work.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Na Leo Hawai’i: Musics of Hawai’i
Webpage showcases music's defining role in the history and identity of Hawaiians. Offers video and audio recording of Hawaiian musical performance, from mele to slack-key guitar.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Earl’s Canoe: A Traditional Ojibwe Craft
Documentary preview illustrating the process of canoe-making within Native American traditional culture. Includes discussion of respect for nature in the Ojibwe Nation. Purchase required.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Native American Games, Dances, and Crafts Bibliography
List of references on North American games, dances, and crafts.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Ethical Dilemmas
Group discussion activity intended to introduce or conclude a unit on social change, culture conflict, technology, or anthropological theory and method. Includes case studies for students to discuss and references for further reading.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Cultural Logo Design
Lesson about identity, culture, and symbols in which students learn to recognize prevalent cultural and commercial symbols. After discussing how these symbols have an impact on their lives, their consumer impulses, and their perceptions, students design a logo to represent personal identity.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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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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On the Web: Measuring Biodiversity Across North America
Lesson plan that uses interactive mapping technology to bring biodiversity field data to the classroom. Includes a map tutor, sampling tutor, and tables.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Folkways Lesson Plans
Webpage provides interactive map for finding lesson plans from around the globe. Includes student activities, lesson plans, Heritage Month features, and teaching kits.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Taking America to Lunch
Online exhibit featuring illustrated lunch boxes and beverage containers from the 1890s through the 1980s. Learn how television changed the metal lunch pails carried by industrial workers and students a century ago into an important commercial vehicle for popular culture.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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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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El Rio: Do-Your-Own Exhibition
Students create a museum exhibition in this lesson, which addresses culture and environment in the Rio Grande/Río Bravo Basin. The materials are adaptable to studies of other cultural-environmental relationships.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
Students use the methods of archeologists to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Saris, Kimonos, Togas & Smocks: Exploring Clothing Across Cultures (9-12)
Activity in which students conduct collaborative Internet research on the social purposes of clothing, learn about different types of clothing, and create a presentation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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