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Islamic Art | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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The Islamic Empire once stretched from the Atlantic Ocean in the West, to India and the borders of China in the East. Over many centuries, the artistic traditions of these different regions merged into an identifiably Islamic style. The traveling exhibition "Palace and Mosque" features a world-renowned Islamic art collection. In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a guided tour of the exhibition by Tim Stanley, senior curator for the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, provides a historical perspective and cultural context for understanding Islam through religious art.

For more resources like this, visit the collection Promoting Understanding: Islam.

A History of Colonization | Children of the Amazon: Part 5

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Children of the Amazon invites you to see through the eyes of these inspiring and remarkably resilient people whose lives are transformed by a road carved through their forest home. This excerpt deals with the incursion of the outside world into the people who lived in the forest, starting in 1907.

A Rubber Tapping Invasion | Children of the Amazon: Part 4

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Rubber tapping used to be a sustainable process at the turn of the century, but the growth of industry and outside culture in the forest seeded conflict between rubber barons and the indigenous communities. Children of the Amazon invites you to see through the eyes of these inspiring and remarkably resilient people whose lives are transformed by a road carved through their forest home by an outside world.

Nature's First Defenders: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Indigenous people—nature’s first defenders—play a vital role in sustaining our planet. This video, along with the accompanying Nature's First Defenders teacher's guide and lessons, enables students to understand that role and to explore the many perspectives and issues involved in conservation, including how we relate to nature, how culture influences our points of view, what tools we have to be engaged in the conversation, and how we might address and reconcile differences.

 

Changes to the People and Culture | Children of the Amazon: Part 3

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A visit to the town of Cacoal shows just how much the Amazon has changed over the last few decades, and how the influx of manufactured goods, materials, and beliefs has impacted the indigenous community. See how the old traditions have been shaped by this new influence, and through the lesson plan below, explore the difference between things that we want and things that we need.

The History of Food | Think Garden

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This video from KET’s Think Garden collection provides a brief history of cultivated food. Take a trip through the woods as a hunter-gatherer foraging for edible foods; see how Native Americans used companion crops like the Three Sisters and why corn, beans and squash work so well together; and get a closer look at where the tomato, once thought to be poisonous, got its start.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

Timespan Museum: Helmsdale, Scotland | Manitoba Shorts

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Learn about the Timespan Museum in Helmsdale, which tells the history of the Scottish highlands, in this video from Prairie Public's Manitoba Shorts series. Many clans lived among the hills but were evicted to make room for sheep over 200 years ago. The foundations of their homes can still be seen today.

A Look at a Japanese Classroom | Wide Angle

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Japan has one of the most successful school systems in the world. It is also one of the most demanding school systems. In this video from Wide Angle, Ken Higashiguchi, a first grader in a Japanese school, started preschool when he was only one year old. In the video, Ken is experiencing his second day of first grade. He has no problem reading the words of the school song with all of the other children. Ken's teachers and parents have high expectations for him to be independent and to work hard. They also want him to grow up to be happy.

Discovering Jamestown

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The videos in this resource group explore various aspects of West Central African society in Jamestown, Virginia. In the associated lesson plan, students will describe the culture of the Africans who came to Jamestown in 1619 and the interactions that occurred in Africa between the local cultures and the Portuguese.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Examining Chamizal National Memorial

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Examining Chamizal National Monument

Muslims in America | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Since September 11th, Muslims across the nation have faced numerous new challenges and opportunities as they continue to define their community in America. One of the key challenges has been differentiating themselves from terrorists in the eyes of the government and the public. This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly examines both the internal and external challenges facing American Muslims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Germans from Russia in South America | Difficulties in the "Jungle"

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When the first settlers arrive in South America between 1877 and 1878, they found the environment unfamiliar to what they experienced in Russia.

Germans from Russia in South America | Soybean Production

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Brazil is one of the largest exporters of soybean. Santa Rosa is called the soybean capital of the country where the soybean production was started originally.

Africa | Taking a Stand

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For thousands of years, the Baka people have lived in the rainforest of southeast Cameroon in West Africa. But now their forest is in danger from loggers cutting down a great number of trees. In this video, a delegation of Baka men walk to a town called Abong Mbang to speak with the Prefet, the most powerful government representative in the region. After their meeting, the Baka delegates emerge flushed with success that they will be able to manage their own forests. For more about the Baka, watch "Who are the Baka?" and "Invasion of the Modern World," part of a series of three video segments from the documentary series Africa.

Islamic Celebrations | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Muslims around the world end their month long observance of Ramadan with a celebration known as Eid Al-Fitr, the "Feast of Breaking the Fast." In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, members of the Islamic Center of Washington, DC discuss the religious and spiritual significance of these annual religious events.

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