Cultures Up Close

Learn about people, traditions, and celebrations around the world through art and activities you can do at home!


Papua New Guinea: Make a Drum

About Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Map from Encyclopedia Britannica

Papua New Guinea is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and parts ...

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China: Make Your Own Paper

The Origin of Paper

Archaeological research shows that the earliest known paper dates back to 200 BCE in China. The making of paper was driven by the development of writing systems.

The Origin of ...

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Indonesia: Make a Shadow Puppet Theater

What is Shadow Puppet Theater?

Shadow puppet theater, also called shadow play, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment that uses flat, cut-out figures called shadow puppets. Puppets ...

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Mexico: Create a Huichol Yarn Painting

Who are the Huichol?

Huichol shaman

Huichol shaman Miguel Carrillo Montoya

Descendants of the Aztec, the Huichol (pronounced Wee-chol) or Wixáritari are an indigenous people of Mexico. They are best known to ...

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Japan: Make a Koi Windsock for Children’s Day

Japanese Koi windsock
First, let’s learn about Children’s Day and how it is celebrated in Japan.

What is Children’s Day?

 Traditionally, May 5 was called tango-no-sekku, a festival to celebrate the health and ...

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Bolivia: Make A Carnival Mask

Bolivian Carnival Masks

These three masks from the MOA’s permanent collection are from the Oruro area of Bolivia.  Each mask is made with linen soaked in plaster and decorated with paint, hair, and mirrors.  The ...

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