for Teaching Social Studies,
Geography, History, and Science
SELECTED CULTURAL TOPICS
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. http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whoweare/exhibits/DeathLiberty/
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. http://maah-detroit.org/
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
- DuSable Museum of African American History. http://www.dusablemuseum.org/
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
- Museum of Afro American History. http://www.afroammuseum.org/
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. http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/aavaahp.htm
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. http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html
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. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/race/
This is an accompanying web page for a PBS special about blacks in
modern America. The web page also contains corollary information including
African American Organizations
- W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. http://web-dubois.fas.harvard.edu/
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
- The World of Black Studies. http://www.providence.edu/afro/
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. http://www.elmuseo.org/
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. http://www.tulane.edu/~latinlib/lalhome.html
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
- Museum of Latin American Art. http://www.molaa.com/
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. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/
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. http://www.saa.org/Publications/LatAmAnt/latamant.html
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. http://ladb.unm.edu/
This web site contains a database of articles about Latin America
that is searchable by keyword. It is also available in hard copy by
Latin American Organizations
- Latin American Studies Association. http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/
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
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
- 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
- Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment. http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/BAE/Bulletin164/tptoc.htm
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. http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/online.bks/hohokam/titlhoho.htm
The full text of this University of Arizona Press archaeology book,
published in 1979, is on-line.
- Indians of California. http://www4.hmc.edu:8001/humanities/indian/welcome.htm
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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