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Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente

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Website tracing Roberto Clemente's extraordinary life and career through interactive games, lesson plans, and film clips. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Braiding Rhythms: The Role of Bell Patterns in West African and Afro-Caribbean Music

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Students will listen to music from Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, and Puerto Rico to learn how this polyrhythmic tradition followed Africans to the Caribbean as a result of the transatlantic slave trade. Students will learn the rumba clave pattern, cascara pattern, and a 6/8 bell pattern. All rhythms will be accompanied by a two-step dance pattern.

The Seldom Scene members Ben Eldridge & Tom Gray on Learning to Play

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Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene reunited with former members to create the Smithsonian Folkways album Long Time... Seldom Scene. Here, original members Ben Eldridge and Tom Gray swap stories of their childhoods and beyond with Smithsonian Folkways producer Pete Reiniger.

Tom Wisner Interview about Recording with Folkways

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Tom Wisner told this story about the music he created while living and working on the Chesapeake Bay. He also related some unusual advice he received from the founder of Folkways Records, Moses Asch.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 4

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Bluegrass from the Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, railroad tunes, sea chanteys, mountain music, and old-time songs of “Rags and Riches.” Plus, world music from Afghanistan and the Abayudaya of Uganda.

Que Viva el Mariachi!: Music, Meaning, and Movimiento

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This webpage offers a sampling of mariachi recordings and an essay on the music's significance and historical background. Explore further with movie clips of live performances.

Smithsonian Automobile Collection

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Image gallery and additional information about the automobiles in the Smithsonian collection. This page is included in the online exhibit, America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.

The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service

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Panel discussion about the issue of military segregation, specifically the African American military experience in the Civil War and the mid-19th century. The issue is brought into a modern context by comparing arguments surrounding the racial makeup of the military during the Civil War with arguments surrounding the 'don't ask, don't tell policy.'

Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2

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Eight-part video workshop engaging teachers in a discussion of existing theories about how children learn, their own beliefs, and how these different theories might influence their classroom practice.

Pakarena (Indonesian Court Dance) Performance

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Pakarena is a traditional court dance of the Makassar region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. In the 20th century, the dance moved out of the court to became a popular form of entertainment. It is now still occasionally performed at a variety of ceremonies including marriages, curing rituals, and circumcisions. In pakarena, energetic, even frenetic drumming accompanies the extremely slow and graceful dance movements of young women. In this pakarena, two-headed drums (gandrang) and a double-reed oboe (puik-puik) accompany two dancers.

Idealabs: Prehistoric Climate Change (and Why It Matters Today)

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Online interactive in which students compare leaf fossils to learn about the climate millions of years ago. They also meet a Smithsonian paleontologist in a video.

Reinventing the Wheels

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Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which students examine four bicycles from the nineteenth century. Looking for similarities and differences between these bikes and today's bikes, they try to put the four in the order of their age. Clues can be found in a crossword puzzle.

TICHKEMATSE: A Cheyenne at the Smithsonian

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Images and written information on a Cheyenne American Indian who worked for the Smithsonian Institution between 1879 and 1881.

Getting to Know Your Client I

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First of a two-part teacher-created design lesson. Students examine Roman designs--functional and aesthetic--as a prelude to their own design project.

Educator Guide for David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins

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Exhibit guide offers information and strategies for using the exhibit to engage students in the subject of human origins. Includes links to additional resources.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

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Links to Smithsonian fact sheets, images, websites and bibliographies organized alphabetically by topic. Includes topics in American and world history, the sciences, arts, and culture.

"La Bamba" by José Gutiérrez and Los Hermanos Ochoa from La Bamba: Sones Jarochos from Veracruz

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Son jarocho is the traditional rural music of Veracruz in the Gulf region of Mexico. The son includes coplas or stanzas sung by a "caller" who is accompanied by the hard-driving rhythms of musicians playing unique regional guitars and harp. Jarocho describes the people and culture of southern Veracruz. "La Bamba" is among the best known jarochosongs inside and outside Mexico. The version performed here by José Gutiérrez and Los Hermanos Ochoa showcases a lively harp solo by virtuoso Felipe Ochoa and the rhythmic plucking of the requinto jarocho guitar.

Henry Cowell: Mellifluous Cacophony and Its Legacy

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Winter/Spring 2017: Experimental

Civil War Naval Songs: Recording 19th-Century Historical Ballads

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Spring 2011: Asian American Music

Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

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Online exhibit detailing celebrated Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott's installation of Freer ceramics from ceramic storage , creating ceramic still lifes focused on color, form, pattern, and relationship rather than historical or cultural significance Although working with the art of others, her groupings show a unique sensibility and new connections amongst the objects.

Geo-Class Mapping My Neighborhood (Classroom Cartographers)

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Mini-unit of teacher-created lessons in which young students create a map of the school and its surrounding neighborhood.

Austria: Land of Waltzes and Polkas

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Basic location/culture/music of Austria. Students practice both polka and waltz rhythms/dance steps, as well as play simple tunes using instruments.

The Art of West African Strip-Woven Cloth

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This video shows the production of West African cloths woven on narrow-strip horizontal looms. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.

A Walk on the West Side

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Lesson on the infrastructure needed to make a community of successful, sustainable, and livable neighborhoods. Students document their explorations of the local community and make scale maps.
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