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CATEGORY: World Cultures

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A Puerto Rican Carnival A Puerto Rican Carnival

Experience a Puerto Rican carnival and design your own mask!

Choose Ur Style Choose Ur Style

Play dress up with traditional or modern African styles.

Day of the Dead: Build Your Own Altar Day of the Dead: Build Your Own Altar

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America and more recently for Mexican Americans.  Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits.

Digging for Answers Digging for Answers

Are you a brainiac on the subject of the human brain? An authority on American authors? An ace on astronomy? A whiz on The Wizard of Oz? If not, don’t worry. The game Digging for Answers tests your research skills as well as your expertise.

Meet the Mariachi! Explore Mexico's Musical Gift to the World

(Grades 4-8) This is an introduction to the inviting sounds of mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and how it is important to people. The activity uses maps, video, and interactive instrument demonstrations to give an "insider's view" that will help students enjoy the music and learn to talk about it with others.

Smithsonian Channel App Smithsonian Channel App

Stay connected with Smithsonian Channel’s original series, documentaries and fun facts — on the go, anytime, anywhere with the Smithsonian Channel app for iPhone and iPod Touch. View full episodes and hundreds of video clips of your favorite Smithsonian Channel programs. Check the schedule for what’s on tonight, tomorrow or next week.

Smithsonian Kids Smithsonian Kids

Find lots of fast, fun, cool, scary, patriotic, and beautiful things from the Smithsonian and send free E-cards to your friends!
 

Stories of World Heritage Stories of World Heritage

Discover ten stories from UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The list of the most outstanding natural and cultural sites in the world. Add your voice to the conversation! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and to further its objectives, the Smithsonian and UNESCO have partnered to produce the Stories of World Heritage app and website.

Fact Sheet

Anthropology FAQs from the Anthropology Outreach Office Anthropology FAQs from the Anthropology Outreach Office

The Anthropology Outreach Office serves to promote the understanding of the field of anthropology and the research conducted in the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology. 

Archaeology FAQs

This information has been prepared to cover topics most frequently encountered: career information, excavation, fieldwork opportunities, artifact identification, and preservation.

Book Dealers Specializing in African Art
Egyptian Mummies Egyptian Mummies

Information and reading list on the process of Egyptian mummification.

Egyptian Pyramids Egyptian Pyramids

Information and reading list on Egyptian pyramid history and construction.

General Information on Obtaining Authentication and Appraisal of Violins
Guarneri Family of Violin Makers
How do I store antique textiles at home?
Instrument Maker Gaspard Duiffopruggar
Instrument Maker Giovanni Paolo Maggini
Instrument Makers of the Stainer Family
Stradivarius Violins

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