Category Archives: Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections September 2017

African music sounds different from Finnish music. Middle Eastern food is different from Nordic food. Traditional Brazilian clothes don’t look like traditional Russian clothes. Why?

A lot of it has to do with resources and culture. The resources in Africa and Finland are different, and the people in each country use what they have to […]

Cultural Connections – July 2017

Imagine the World with No Written Communication

No street signs, no texting, no symbols for gaming controllers, no books. Thousands of years ago, there was no writing. People had to talk to each other to transfer information. As societies moved from hunting and gathering to farming, people stopped moving around as much. They needed a […]

Amber Art

Amber is a kind of fossil made from resin. Resin is a substance that plants and trees produce to help protect themselves from disease and injuries. A tree might produce resin when a branch is broken or an insect harms the tree. In addition to preserving ancient animals, amber is also incredibly beautiful. Humans have […]

Cultural Connections – April 2017

Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is a musical instrument that originates from the northeast region of Australia. The aboriginal people who live there have been playing it for thousands of years. Some researchers think this could be the oldest musical instrument in the world. They have even found pictures of the instrument in cave and rock paintings […]

Cultural Connection – March 2017

Dance is an important part of Polish culture. Di erent regions have been practicing specific dances for centuries. Each region has a dance that symbolizes di erent important parts of life. Each dance has a completely different style, and the dancers wear very special traditional costumes. One of the most famous Polish folk dances is […]

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS – FEBRUARY 2017

LIGHTNING

Lightning is an incredible act of nature. It can be dangerous, but it can also be beautiful. Lightning is created in the dark clouds of thunderstorms. Inside these clouds, little bits of frozen rain rub against each other, and when they crash into each other it creates electrical charges. e electrons get separated. Positive […]

Cultural Connections – January 2017

Ballroom dance started in Germany, and it is a term that refers to dances performed with partners. For centuries, it was a way
for the wealthy and elite to socialize and have fun at gatherings called balls. e dances aren’t choreographed, instead, the two partners have to know the rules of the dance and […]

Cultural Connections – January 2017

Ballroom dance started in Germany, and it is a term that refers to dances performed with partners. For centuries, it was a way
for the wealthy and elite to socialize and have fun at gatherings called balls. e dances aren’t choreographed, instead, the two partners have to know the rules of the dance and […]

Cultural Connections – December 2016

Folklore is traditional art, stories, knowledge and practices that are passed down through generations. O en these traditions are only passed down through oral communication, which is like when grandparents or parents share an old recipe, song or story. When things aren’t written down it is easy for them to get lost or forgotten, which […]

Cultural Connections – November 2016

Art Rescued From The White House

The War of 1812 was fought between the Americans and the British. It lasted from 1812 to 1815. In 1814, America waslosing the war. At the time, late August, President James Madison was not in Washington D.C. He had left to meet with his generals on the battlefield. His […]