Cultures Up Close

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

 

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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Nigeria: Make a Yoruba Adire Cloth

Who are the Yoruba?

The Yoruba people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. In fact, they are not a single group, but rather a collection of diverse people bound together by a common ...

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Malaysia: Sarawak State Flag Fun

Where is Sarawak?

Sarawak is the largest of the thirteen states of Malaysia. It stretches along Borneo Island’s northwest coast and includes many beaches on the South China Sea. It is also ...

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Kenya: Create Maasai Accessories

Who are the Maasai?Maasai clothing and beadwork

The Maasai are an ethnic group living in northern, central, and southern Kenya, and northern Tanzania. In 2019, the Maasai population was reported as 1,189,522 in Kenya and ...

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Panama: Make a Guna Mola

Who are the Guna?

The Guna, formerly known as the Kuna (or Cuna), are an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia. In October 2011, the Panamanian government recognized the claim of the people ...

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