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Mandau Sword

mandau sword
This elaborate ceremonial sword is from the Kayan people of Borneo.  With a population of roughly 27,000, the Kayan are one of approximately 200 indigenous groups that live in the island’s ...

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Dogon Mask

Kanaga mask
This type of mask, known as kanaga, is created by the Dogon people of Mali in Western Africa.  The masks are used in funerary rituals called dama, which allow the souls of the deceased to leave ...

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Gullah Bible

Gullah Bible
The Gullah are members of African American communities that developed a unique culture and language in the Atlantic coastal region stretching between Jacksonville, NC and Jacksonville, FL.  The ...

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Mauryan Goddess Figure

Mauryan Goddess figure
This small goddess figure was produced in Mathura in north-central India during the period of the Maurya Empire (322 – 185 BCE).  At that time, the city was an important economic, religious, ...

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Mexican Ceramic House

School of Medrano Ceramic House
This brightly colored ceramic piece is from Santa Cruz de las Huertas, just outside of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Jalisco is known as one of the largest pottery-producing ...

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Kuna Healing Doll

Kuna healing dollThe Kuna people live predominantly on the San Blas Islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama with a population of approximately 50,000.  The Kuna believe that sickness and disease are caused by ...

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Swahili Khanga Cloth

Khanga Cloth
Khanga (also spelled kanga) cloths are brightly printed rectangular cotton textiles that are very popular in East Africa.  Khangas measure approximately 45” by 65” and are distinguished by ...

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Papua New Guinea Figure

Papua New Guinea Wood FigureThis wooden figure is from the lower Ramu River area in the Lower Sepik region of Papua New Guinea.  An area of remarkable linguistic and cultural diversity, roughly 200 groups speaking distinct ...

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Majiayao Basin

Basin
The archaeological remains of the Neolithic Majiayao culture were discovered in northwestern China in the early 20th century.  While more than 2000 sites have been identified, less than 3% of ...

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Kiowa Strike-a-light Case

Kiowa Strike-a-light case
Among the last of the Plains tribes to surrender to the U.S. Cavalry, the Kiowa have shared an Oklahoma reservation with the Comanche since 1868.  A member of the Kiowa tribe made this ...

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