Cultures Up Close

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


Suriname: Make a Mosquito Brush

Where is Suriname?

suriname map
Suriname, located on the northeastern Atlantic coast, is one of the smallest countries in South America. It was formerly known as Dutch Guiana and was a plantation colony ...

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Japan: Craft a Kabuto for Children's Day

Children’s Day or Kodomo-no-hi

One of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons is Golden Week. Four national holidays take place within the seven days of Golden Week. The holidays start each year on ...

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Polynesia: Make a Grass Skirt

Where is Polynesia?

The Pacific Islands are divided into three geographic and cultural regions: Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Polynesia includes islands scattered across a triangle ...

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Ancient Coins: Make Your Own Money!

Greek Didrachm

Ancient Greek didrachm

The invention of coins is shrouded in mystery. Coins as we think of them today were first used as a method of payment around the 6th or 5th century BCE. According to the ...

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China: Celebrate the New Year

The History of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China’s most important festival. It is also the most important celebration for families ...

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Yup'ik: Make a Hunting Hat

Who are the Yup’ik?

The Yup’ik are one of the indigenous peoples of western, southwestern, and southcentral Alaska and the Russian Far East. They are related to the Alutiiq, Aleut, Inuit, and ...

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Mexico: Create a Colorful Alebrije

What are Alebrijes?

Wooden alebrije

The MOA’s alebrije collection includes this piece combining the features of several different animals.

Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures depicting ...

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Australia: Make an Aboriginal Didgeridoo

Who are the Aboriginal People?

Australia’s Aboriginal peoples are one of the two distinct groups of indigenous peoples in Australia. Most believe Australia has been populated for at least ...

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Malawi: Make a Galimoto

Where is Malawi?

Malawi mapMalawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Malawi covers over 45,747 square miles, making the country roughly the size of Pennsylvania. Lake Malawi, also known as ...

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Mali: Make A Dogon Mask

Dogon Dance

Dogon men dance with kanaga masks.

Who are the Dogon?

The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central region of West Africa, mostly in Mali and Burkina Faso. The Dogon population is about ...

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