Cultures Up Close

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


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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Cherokee: Make a Pinch Pot

Who are the Cherokee?

Cherokee lands mapThe Cherokee, who call themselves Aniyvwiyaʔi, the Principal People, are one of the indigenous peoples of the southeastern United States. Before the 18th century, the lands ...

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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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