Anthropology Education Committee

Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Anthropological Resources for Teaching Social Studies, Geography, History, and Science

SOCIO-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

SELECTED CULTURAL TOPICS:

African American Studies
Latin American Studies
Native American and Alaskan Studies


AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

African American Internet Resource Sites

  • African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania
    The African Studies Center web page provides a comprehensive list of on-line resources pertaining to African American and African Studies organized by subject and geography. The web page also has copies of college-level syllabi and other course-related materials.
  • Death or Liberty: Gabriel, Nat Turner, John Brown
    This is an on-line exhibit created and hosted by the Library of Virginia on their exhibits web page. The exhibit contains information and images about the anti-slavery movement in and around Virginia during the 1800s. There are many on-line, primary source documents including contemporaneous letters, news clippings, and court documents. The site also contains a list of related readings.

African American Museums and Exhibits

  • The African American: A Journey from Slave to Freedom
    Hosted by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, this on-line exhibit traces the history of African Americans from slavery to freedom. The web site includes historical documentation, images, maps, and research sources appropriate for K-12 students. A bibliography section lists other useful publications.
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
    The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of African and African American history and culture. The museum web site has information on exhibits, public programming, education, and other resources.
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    This Chicago museum's web page provides news, public programs, educational programs, exhibits, and many resource tools. The education section has course listings made available by museum or by museum affiliates, exhibition series for educators, and information about other educational resources.
  • Museum of Afro American History
    The Museum of Afro American History (MAAH) is a not-for-profit history institution dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New England. The web site does not contain a lot of resources, but it does have site information on several historic properties related to New England Afro American history.

African American Publications

  • African Americans in the Visual Arts
    This web article is about the history of African Americans and their visual arts, including historical and ethnographic artifacts such as African masks.
  • Afro-American Mosaic
    The Library of Congress produced this thorough guide to research about African American history, which is an excellent starting point for researchers, educators, and students of all ages.
  • Frontline: The Two Nations of Black America
    This is an accompanying web page for a PBS special about blacks in modern America. The web page also contains corollary information including counterpoint articles.

African American Organizations

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Institute
    The Du Bois Institute serves as the site for research projects, fellowships for emerging and established scholars, publications, conferences, and Working Groups. The web site contains many resources including on-line articles, links to other web pages, and higher education classroom materials.
  • The World of Black Studies
    Links from this page will take you to information about the Providence College Program in Black Studies. The web pages are designed by student researchers and contain selections of students' favorite "AfroZones," other web sites, and an on-line gallery of publicly-owned paintings by Black American artists.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Latin American Internet Resource Sites

Latin American Museums and Exhibits

  • El Museo Del Barrio
    This is the only museum in New York devoted solely to Latin American art and culture and its attractive web site informs about museum resources including teacher training sessions, teacher information packets, teacher workshops, special exhibit information, a "S-Zones" project to link children with Latino artists, and information about the artists whose works it displays.
  • Latin American Library
    The Latin American Library, of Tulane's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, contains one of the world's foremost collections of source materials on Latin American archaeology, anthropology, history, linguistics, art, architecture, film, women's studies, economics, and many other subject areas. The site contains on-line exhibits, publications, and research tools (including rare manuscript, photographic, and other collections).
  • Museum of Latin American Art
    Located in Long Beach, California, this museum's web site has some wonderful on-line virtual tours for adults and children. The museum also sponsors many educational programs.

Latin American Publications

  • Handbook for Latin American Studies
    Provided by the Library of Congress, this handbook is updated annually and includes vital information about searching for Latin American resources by subject heading.
  • Latin American Antiquity
    The complete issues from 1990-present of Latin American Antiquity, a major publication of the Society for American Archaeology, can be found on this web site.
  • Latin America Data Base
    This web site contains a database of articles about Latin America that is searchable by keyword. It is also available in hard copy by subscription.

Latin American Organizations

  • Latin American Studies Association
    The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. LASA draws experts from across research and scholarly disciplines to engage in dialogue. The web page has publications, a listing of on-line resources, and organization information.

NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN STUDIES

Native American and Alaskan Classroom Resources

  • Alaska Native Knowledge Network
    This site compiles resources related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing. Includes many culturally relevant resources for K-12 teachers, especially in science and math.
  • Alaska Native Curriculum and Teacher Development Project
    This web site is the gateway into a large quantity of information regarding Arctic studies. The primary focus of the web site is to provide top quality curricula concerning Arctic studies to educators around the world. The lesson plans and activities are available via the web site or on CD-ROM.
  • Anthropology Outreach Office, Smithsonian Institution
    This site provides an on-line annotated bibliography of over 800 books on American Indians for K-12 as well as other bibliographies and leaflets on the subject. A teacher's packet on American Indians can be ordered by mail.
  • Arctic Studies Center
    The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center's web page offers on-line publications, exhibit information, educational resources and a comprehensive list of internet resources. Some of the on-line exhibitions include "Vikings: The North American Saga" (including Viking interaction with Native peoples), "Ainu: Anatomy of an Exhibit," and "Crossroads of Continents." Students and educators can learn many masking traditions and about many traditional Arctic tribal dances.
  • Cradleboard Project
    Backed by lesson plans and an excellent curriculum, the Cradleboard Teaching Project is live and interactive. Children learn with and through their long-distance peers using the new technology alongside standard tools. It contains many on-line resources for educators.
  • Education: A Dene Perspective
    This site contains cultural information about the Dene Kede and introductory thematic lesson plans about their primary cultural beliefs and practices.
  • Haida Spirits of the Sea
    This web site isdevoted to the Haida peoples of the Arctic regions and contains beautiful graphics, informative text, and a wealth of resources.
  • The Hopi Cultural Preservation Home Page
    This site contains information about the Hopi people, updated news related to the tribes, and a list of other useful internet resources.
  • Innu Nation
    The Innu Nation web site is dedicated to issues and scholarly research regarding the Innu peoples of Canada.
  • Inuuqatigiit: The Curriculum from the Inuit Perspective
    Developed by and for the Inuit people, this web site contains information on Inuit culture and how the Inuit are facing the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
  • Kinship and Social Organization: An Interactive Tutorial
    This basic tutorial in kinship and social anthropology by Brian Schwimmer at the University of Manitoba in Canada contains pictures, text, and hyperlinks to other resource pages.
  • Kojee's Educator's Ethnobotany Web Site
    Dedicated to the study of ethnobotany, this web site contains complete lesson plans for teaching at the K-12 level about the plants important to the culture of the Kojee. It also contains a list of other web sites concerning Native American educational offerings and ethnobotany.
  • The Native Trail
    This web page of the First Nations and the Inuit in Quebec is a wonderful resource that contains graphics, text, and sound. One section is designed specifically for children.
  • The Roald Amundsen Center for Arctic Research
    The main objective of the Centre is to enhance Arctic research. The web site includes on-line publications and many resources for those involved in research or higher education.
  • Spotlight Biography: American Indians!
    Developed by the Smithsonian Office of Education, this on-line publication and exhibit-in-one offers many educational resources about Native Americans.
  • Teaching from Objects and Stories: Learning About Bering Sea Eskimo People
    This web page provides an interactive story line and curriculum on the Bering Sea Eskimo people. Created and maintained by the Smithsonian Office of Education, the web page has excellent education tools including lessons plans and links to other resources on this topic.

Native American and Alaskan Museums and Exhibits

  • Arctic Circle, University of Connecticut
    The Article Circle web page includes such resources as a section devoted to the Univ. of Connecticut Museum of Anthropology, which includes a "Virtual Classroom" that contains a syllabus and discussion topics about Arctic conservation, and an on-line discussion group for visitors called the "Arctic Forum."
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
    This informative site about the Cahokia Mounds in Illinois includes information on the excavations and the history of the Native Americans of the area.
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
    This web site states a new approach to the interpretation of Native American arts and culture, one in which Native and non-Native people are active partners in research, scholarship, exhibitions and education. The site contains many resources and has a wonderful interface.
  • National Museum of the American Indian
    This Smithsonian museum has many resources available on-line, including access to collections databases, on-line exhibits, research tools, a listing of other Internet resources and publications. The education section of this web site includes three on-line curricula for teachers: a Program Guide for Teachers; "To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions"; and "Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth."
  • Royal Ontario Museum
    This Royal Ontario Museum web page offers on-line exhibits, an on-line "Discovery Center" for children, research information, and information on archaeological digs. The "Schools" section also contains on-line resources including a curriculum about whale research in Canada.

Native American and Alaskan Publications

  • American Indian Quarterly
    Includes articles, review essays, and book reviews on historical and contemporary research (in areas of history, education, mythology, and economic and culture change) on American Indians.
  • Arctic Institute of North America
    The Arctic Institute, located in Canada, is devoted to increasing the knowledge and understanding of the Arctic region. The web site contains organizational information, on-line bookstore and publications, Internet resource information, and conference proceedings.
  • Ethnographic Portraits of Northern Peoples
    This site contains the complete article, with images, by Norman Chance of the Arctic Center at the University of Connecticut.
  • Faces: The Magazine about People
    This publication of Cobblestone Publishing includes studies of Native peoples of North and South America. Faces encourages young readers, ages 9-14, to look at other cultures¾and their own - with new perspectives. Photographs, maps, time lines, activities, and contests all add interest to the thematic issues. The web site includes ordering information, sample articles, and thematic indexes for back issues. One of the excellent additions to the web site is a teacher resources page, including lesson kits and plans that are corollaries to past Faces articles.
  • Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment
    An on-line publication provided by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries about Plains Indians and hair adornment. The publication contains complete text and many graphics.
  • Hohokam Indians of the Tucson Basin
    The full text of this University of Arizona Press archaeology book, published in 1979, is on-line.
  • Indians of California
    This informative web site provides lists of books, maps, and other resources on the Indians of California. Notable is the historical sketch of the Indians of California.

Native American and Alaskan Internet Resources

Native American and Alaskan Organizations

  • Alaskan Native Knowledge Network
    This site provides upper level information concerning the ethics and cultural patrimony issues associated with researching and teaching about Native American cultures and their unique "ways of knowing."

 


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