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  1. Northwest Coast Mask (Person)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  2. Northwest Coast Mask (Hawk)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Salt

    Salt may be a common table seasoning, but it also has a variety of other uses. Our most common salt, sodium chloride, can be found in seawater, salt springs, marshes and soil. Discover these examples as well their many applications. Learn More
  8. Graphite

    Take a closer look at the graphite in your pencil and you'll be surprised to learn that it might represent the carbon from life forms of past geological ages. Though graphite is only one form of carbon, it is found in two places: crystalline clumps and softer rocks. Learn More
  9. Abrasives

    Scratch through the surface of these practical materials. Natural abrasives usually contain minerals with a tough grain structure, making them useful in grinding materials like metal and wood, and artificial abrasives closely mimic this structure. Learn More
  10. 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

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