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  1. Chinese Traditions

    Explore the art and daily life of one of the world's most enduring civilizations! Use an exciting collection of objects, from scholar's writing supplies to a graphic novel to a 12-foot-long reproduction of a classic Chinese scroll painting, to learn about history and empathy. Note: This box was created to complement The Field Museum's Cyrus Tang Hall of China, but if your class can't make it to the museum (or to the website for a virtual tour), it stands on its own.

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  2. Oil Well Model

    Take a closer look at the intricate workings of an oil well, bearing down deep through thousands of feet of stratified rock. You will get a glimpse of the machinery as well as the tremendous power it takes to extract oil from its sandy home. Learn More
  3. Balafon (Large)

    Play an African instrument similar to a xylophone called a balafon. This instrument is a larger version of the balafon in the Sounds of Africa Experience Box. Learn More
  4. Northwest Coast Mask (Eagle)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  5. Coal Mine Model

    Dive into the difficult underground world of coal mining. Complete with tiny workers and machinery, this model exhibits the ways in which we locate and harvest this all-important fuel. Learn More
  6. Japanese Cloisonné

    Witness the extraordinary work of Japanese cloisonné artists. Created with wire framing filled in with enamel paste, the art of enamel decoration has been practiced since ancient times. Learn More
  7. Northwest Coast Mask (Person)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  8. Pig Iron

    Check out this brittlest of irons, the first product when iron ores are smelted. Pig Iron, also called cast iron, is used in many familiar objects, like stoves, kettles, and flatirons. Learn More
  9. Rubber

    Bounce into the fascinating world of rubber production. Rubber is, and was, an important resource in Middle America. Extracted from milkweed trees, rubber is exposed to acid, sulphur and high heat to create a variety of useful materials. Rubber was imported into Central Mexico from Veracruz. Learn More
  10. Beef Byproducts

    The business of meat packing involves not only meat preserving, but creating useful byproducts from other parts of the cow. Learn how slaughtered cattle are used to produce pharmaceuticals, insulin, tiles, buttons, thyroid, casings, soap, tallow, combs, and more. Learn More

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