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Goddesses and musicians
In East from India: Cambodia and Southern Vietnam, page 3
The central figure resembles dancing female divinities (each called an apsaras) that were said to be created for the entertainment of the main Hindu gods. They often are recognizable from their filmy skirts and spiked crowns, although...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The Andy Griffith Show in historical context
In this lesson plan, students review their knowledge about the 1960s in the United States and read an article about The Andy Griffith Show. Students reflect on societal fears in the 1960s and consider how those fears might have influenced the show's popularity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
The African American State Fair
In North Carolina in the New South, page 1.10
For several years in the late nineteenth century, African American farmers held their own state fair in Raleigh to showcase improvements in agriculture.
Format: article
By Jim L. Sumner.
Wartime Wilmington
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.7
Oral history interview with a native of Wilmington and World War II veteran, describing the transformation of his home town during World War II. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Voladores de Papantlá
Voladores de Papantlá
The Voladores de Papantla are Totonac Indians performing a traditional act of worship, now most often performed as entertainment for tourists. The voladores climb to the top of a tall pole, wind ropes around the pole, and then leap off into the air. As the...
Format: image/photograph
The Andy Griffith Show
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.8
The Andy Griffith Show, which premiered in 1960, was initially disparaged by reviewers but became one of the most popular American television shows of all time.
Format: article
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.7
The first annual Highland Games were held at Grandfather Mountain in 1956, with performances of Scottish songs and dances and to watch athletic events including foot races, wrestling, and the traditional caber toss. The Highland Games have since become the largest event of its kind in the country.
Format: article
Going to the movies
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.12
Newspaper article about the first "talkie" shown in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1929. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Musical performance, Siem Riep
This is a short excerpt of a musical performance in Siem Riep, the town closest to the famous Angkor Wat ruins in northern Cambodia. The town caters to the large tourist trade, and has a five star hotel as well as many low-budget hostels for backpackers. The...
Format: audio
Camden County Heritage Museum
Visitors to this museum can see historic artifacts of Camden County as well as the preserved county jail.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Students will learn North Carolina folklore, traditions, war activities, local legends, superstitions, food preparation traditions, art, songs and dances which are unique to the area.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Carolyn Early.
Singing Vietnamese pop song on the bus
In Vietnam, I recorded more men, women and children singing songs than in any other country I visited (twenty-one total.) Frequently, passenger buses will play popular music from the radio throughout the trip. On this overnight bus ride from Hoi An to Nha...
Format: audio
When will I ever use this in real life?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.8
In this lesson for grade seven, students research careers and determine how people with these occupations use English, math, and science skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Wilkes County Heritage Museum
The Old Wilkes County Courthouse is now a museum which showcases the rich history of this county.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Postcard from Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Postcard from Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Postcard titled "Outdoor Theater, Field Artillery Replacement Training Center, Fort Bragg, N.C." On the back, caption reads, "Five thousand soldiers watch Roxyette Review in the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center Outdoor Theater at Fort Bragg, N.C....
Format: image/ephemera
Music accompanying Malaysian boxing match
This is an excerpt of live music played during a boxing match. The presence of live music to accompany boxing was common in Asia. As a white woman in a typically male venue, I always stood out at these types of sporting events. From my journal: Then...
Format: audio
Muy Thai music excerpts
Muy Thai is Thai kickboxing. In Chiang Mai, fellow travelers and I went to see a Muy Thai competition. It looks a lot like American boxing, where bare-chested fighters compete in a raised ring that is surrounded by elastic ropes. They fight in several rounds,...
Format: audio
Traditional performing arts in Bali
Photographs and text illustrate traditional performance in Bali, including music, theater, and dance.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Balinese priest in white clothes blesses dancers before performance
Balinese priest in white clothes blesses dancers before performance
A Balinese priest in white clothes and headscarf stands in the center and disperses holy water from a glass to bless dancers seated in a circle before their night-time performance. The male dancers, dressed identically in black and white checked waistcloths,...
Format: image/photograph