Culture Case: India

The civilization of the Indian subcontinent is one of the oldest in the world, its powerful influence across most of Asia can be traced from ancient times.  India is the home of Hinduism, Buddhism and the Jain religions.  Its contributions to Southeast Asian cultures, transmitted through trade and commercial contact, transformed tribal societies of the […]

Culture Case: Mexico and Central America

North and Central America has been populated for tens of thousands of years. As the early inhabitants of the continent spread out over the land, they developed distinct cultural practices suited to the needs and opportunities posed by the varied environments in which they settled. TOUCH OR CLICK ON THE OBJECTS BELOW TO EXPLORE THE […]

Culture Case: West Africa

Africa is a continent of enormous diversity.  The land covers twelve million square miles and is over three times the size of the United States with Alaska included. The African continent has many different climates and types of land from savannah, tropical rainforest, and desert, to snow-capped mountains. These different environments are one factor leading […]

Culture Case: Japan

Japan is a country made up of four large islands and more than 6,000 smaller islands. It is located in East Asia within the Pacific Ocean on the fault lines of the tectonic plates beneath the Pacific Ocean, resulting in earthquakes, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions. The rough sea waters around its coast protected Japan from […]

Culture Case: South America

Long before the invasion of Spanish conquistadors, many ancient civilizations in South America thrived around their vast geographic landscape––these innovative cultures spanned from the rocky Andean mountains throughout the Amazon basin. The Inca Empire is commonly known as the most famous of Ancient South American cultures, however there were many more civilizations that flourished throughout […]

Culture Case: Southeastern Native America

North America has been populated for tens of thousands of years. As the early inhabitants of the continent spread out over the land, they developed distinct cultural practices suited to the needs and opportunities posed by the varied environments in which they settled. In their work, Native American artists of different cultural regions reflect and […]