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San Ostrich Egg Canteen

ostrich egg canteen
The San people of southern Africa have lived in the region of the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years.  Formerly called “Bushmen,” a label that is now recognized as both racist and ...

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Lobi Ceremonial Pot

Lobi pot
The Lobi people live primarily in southwest Burkina Faso in West Africa.  They migrated to the region from present day Ghana around 1770.  Although the Lobi make many types of ceramics, the ...

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Ye'kuana Basket

Ye'kuana basket
The Ye’kuana (also referred to as Makiritare) are an indigenous group living in the tropical forest of the Orinoco Basin in southern Venezuela and a small part of northern Brazil.  Although ...

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Asaro Mud Mask

Asaro Mud Mask
This mask was made by Asaro villagers in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.  Known today as holosa, which literally translates to ghosts, this type of mask is an early example ...

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Inuit Dog Sled Model

Inuit dog sled model
This dog sled model was made by a Labrador Inuit craftsman more than 100 years ago.  During the winter, dog sleds were the primary means of transportation across land or ice for the Labrador ...

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Acoma Ceramic Turkey

Acoma Ceramic Turkey
This ceramic turkey figure is from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, which is recognized as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America.  The old Pueblo is called Sky City because ...

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Remojadas Bat Whistle

Remojadas bat whistle
This ceramic whistle is from the Remojadas culture and dates to between 250 to 900 CE.  Remojadas was part of the larger Classic Veracruz culture that flourished in the along the gulf coast in ...

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Katanga Cross

katanga crosses
These copper crosses are named after the Katanga region, a rich copper mining area in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are also known as handa. The crosses have equal arms and ...

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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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