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Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection
This online exhibition showcases art from Northern Africa. The jewelry and photographs featured here tell the story of a cultural crossroads for the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe, offering insight into the changing societies of this region.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Big/Small
Online exhibition illustrating how African artists use size and scale—both literally and metaphorically—to communicate ideas.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: What Is Currency? Lessons from Historic Africa
Lessons that introduce economics by focusing on the currency system of the Akan people of Ghana in West Africa.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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The Fabric of Moroccan Life
Online exhibition presenting the history and significance of weaving and textiles in Moroccan culture.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Radio Africa
Free streams of the sounds that make up the diverse music of Africa including complete tracks from the collections of Smithsonian Folkways. From the rhythms of Benin to the wedding music of Ethiopia to the traditional Zulu music of South Africa to the parade music of Senegal, you'll never know what you'll hear next. Includes podcasts of talks, interviews, story-reading.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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South Africa 1936-1949: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee
Online exhibition detailing the history and culture of South Africa through photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee. Includes details on the photographer’s life and work.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Art to Zoo: Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines (1980)
Lesson plan introducing students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African Voices
Website exploring the diversity and global influence of African culture. Includes interactive historical timeline from pre-history to the present, an exploration of overarching themes, highlighted African art, interviews with modern Africans, a bibliography, and interactive maps.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Beautiful Bodies: Color Pots
In this activity, children examine traditional African pots in the exhibition Beautiful Bodies and then color in the images on downloadable worksheets.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Music of Ghana: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence
Webpage discusses how Ghana’s musical traditions remain intimately attached to the survival of communities. Video and audio clips demonstrate the ways that the music marks the cycles of life, animates religious rituals, and communicates social values.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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