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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. DNA

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    DNA is the thread that connects all life on Earth, from microscopic bacteria, to mushrooms, to humans. Explore DNA and learn how scientists today are using DNA research to expand what we know about life on our planet. 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. Art of Cameroon

    This Experience Box explores the overlapping roles of art and identity in Bamum culture. The Bamum are a group of people who have lived for centuries in the Grassfields region of western Cameroon. Before European colonialism, the Bamum had their own kingdom; today they are citizens of the Republic of Cameroon. Learn More
  5. African Craftsmanship

    Explore some of the amazing techniques used by artists and craftspeople in different parts of Africa. Examine real calabash and metal objects and learn more about their design and creation processes. Learn More
  6. Ancient Egyptian Tomb Building

    People in Ancient Egypt had specific ways of paying homage to the deceased, which honored their cultural and religious beliefs about death. Work together to construct a model tomb of Unis-Ankh. Learn how the drawings were laid out on tomb walls using the Canon of Proportions grid and create your own drawings. Finally, design your own tomb, making decisions about construction, location, and important objects necessary for the afterlife. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  7. Life Along the Nile

    The Nile River was a source of water and life for the Ancient Egyptians. Examine a fishing net, papyrus paper, and other objects in this box to identify common themes of life along the Nile. Learn to operate a model of a shaduf, an ancient water-lifting device still in use today. Then, hold a debate about whether life in Ancient Egypt could have existed without the Nile River. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  8. Ancient Egyptian Games

    All humans have a need to rest and relax from the stresses of everyday life! Ancient Egyptians were no exception. Enjoy leisure time as an Ancient Egyptian aristocrat might have with the game of Senet. Create your own Senet Board. Finally, reflect upon what other Egyptians without the resources to purchase or make the pieces of Senet might have played. Learn More
  9. Hopi Traditions

    Learn about how we can examine artifacts in order to infer a culture's values and its people's lifestyle. Examine the landscape where the Hopi live, and predict how they have had such great success agriculturally throughout history. Make your own clay pot that tells a story through stylized figures. Gather a set of your own belongings that would be able to teach someone from another culture about your own values and lifestyle! Learn More
  10. Native American Games

    Along with ceremonial song and dance, Native Americans developed a variety of games to entertain, educate and train members of their societies. Play the ring and pin game. Tell a story with one of the many string games from native cultures. Or design and invent a game using materials from your own environment and use consensus to establish rules! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More

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