Cultures Up Close

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

 

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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Navajo: Let's Weave

Who are the Navajo?

The Navajo, who call themselves Diné, are the second largest American Indian group in the United States. There are around 300,500 enrolled tribal members.

Navajo Nation Map

The Diné have ...

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Mesoamerica: Make Your Own Chocolate

Cacao tree

Cacao tree

We get chocolate from the seeds of the cacao tree. Originally, cacao trees only grew in Mesoamerica: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. In ancient times, the Olmec, Toltec, ...

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