Celebrating Our Heritage: Traditional African American Arts and Activities

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African Americans throughout our country's history have developed a rich heritage of arts and activities. Now you can discover and enjoy many of these traditions, from celebrating Juneteenth to making African masks to creating unique quilts, right in your own home. TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS AND ACTIVITIES shows you how to do traditional tie-dyeing, how to make and play your own talking drum, and how to join with friends to create your own folktale. You'll learn all about the history and development of ...
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Overview

African Americans throughout our country's history have developed a rich heritage of arts and activities. Now you can discover and enjoy many of these traditions, from celebrating Juneteenth to making African masks to creating unique quilts, right in your own home. TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTS AND ACTIVITIES shows you how to do traditional tie-dyeing, how to make and play your own talking drum, and how to join with friends to create your own folktale. You'll learn all about the history and development of jazz, blues, and rap music, and you'll find out how to play fun games like mancala, muraburaba, chigoro danda, and more.

With fun projects and easy-to-follow directions, this captivating learn-and-do guide explores the treasured stories and customs of the earliest African Americans and of their descendants today.

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Gr 3-7: This title explores the rich and diverse cultural history of African Americans. Through activities, quotes, brief historical notes, and a glossary, a wide variety of information is presented. Projects are grouped under chapters that discuss "Celebrations," "Traditions," "Crafts," "Games," "Culture," and "Soul Food and Caribbean Cuisine." Each activity begins with an explanation of its historical and cultural significance to Africans and/or African Americans. Clear instructions are presented in a "Here's What You Do" format. The simple line drawings of figures with exaggerated and elongated features are not particularly attractive but help illustrate and clarify the projects. --Genevieve Gallagher, New York Public Library. (School Library Journal, August 2002)

" this captivating learn-and-do guide explores the treasured stories and customs of the earliest African-Americans and of their descendants today "(Right On!, December 2002)

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These craft projects are organized by theme¾celebrations, traditions, crafts, games, culture and food. Each originates from a specific thread of African American history. Martin Luther is celebrated by making a scroll. The scroll is designed to include a drawing or photo of Dr. King and an essay about Dr. King and his work. The Black History Month banner consists of a bus, representing the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, a schoolhouse to commemorate the Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation and a mailbox because it was invented by an African American. Tradition's projects include hair braiding and quilting. The quilting project requires a sewing machine, but most activities can be done with supplies found around the house. A calabash is created out of papier-mâché and painted, as are the masks. Drums are made out of two plastic flowerpots and the instructions indicate that adult help is necessary. Each project clearly indicates what supplies are needed. Line drawings give an idea of what to expect from the finished product. 2002, John Wiley and Sons, $12.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Kristin Harris AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
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Gr 3-7-This title explores the rich and diverse cultural history of African Americans. Through activities, quotes, brief historical notes, and a glossary, a wide variety of information is presented. Projects are grouped under chapters that discuss "Celebrations," "Traditions," "Crafts," "Games," "Culture," and "Soul Food and Caribbean Cuisine." Each activity begins with an explanation of its historical and cultural significance to Africans and/or African Americans. Clear instructions are presented in a "Here's What You Need," "Here's What You Do" format. The simple line drawings of figures with exaggerated and elongated features are not particularly attractive but help illustrate and clarify the projects.-Genevieve Gallagher, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471410461
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Celebrating our Heritage Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

SONYA KIMBLE-ELLIS is a freelance writer who has written for both young people and adults in such magazines as Black Enterprise, Tiger Beat, and Spice! She is also the author of Math Puzzlers for children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

I: CELEBRATIONS.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Black History Month.

Juneteenth.

Kwanzaa.

II: TRADITIONS.

Storytelling and Folktales.

Hair Braiding.

Quilting.

III: CRAFTS.

Calabash.

Adire (Tie-Dying).

Mask-Making.

Drums.

IV: GAMES.

Mancala.

Little Sally Walker.

Muraburaba.

Chigoro Danda.

V: CULTURE.

Music: Blues, Gospel, and Soul.

Jazz.

Rap.

Dance: Contemporary and Ballet Dancing, Tap.

Literature.

VI: SOUL FOOD AND CARIBBEAN CUISINE.

Corn Bread and Biscuits.

Fried Plantain.

GLOSSARY.

INDEX.

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