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8 06, 2017

Old World Cotton History – India, Africa, Asia, Europe

By |2019-04-27T06:12:40-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, India|0 Comments

India cotton bolls hanging from the plants India cotton farming About 2500 BC, a thousand years after people started to grow cotton in Peru, the Harappan people in India also started to grow cotton. Cotton in the Americas Who were the Harappans? All our India articles We know because people wrote about cotton [...]

25 05, 2017

What is lost wax casting? History of Art

By |2018-04-14T12:41:56-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, What|0 Comments

A Samnite man cutting the bronze pins off a newly poured lost wax statue. This is the only ancient image of lost wax casting; it's from Pompeii, about 400 BC. Just a little while after bronze was invented, around 2500 BC, the Sumerians began to make bronze jars and bronze cups using lost-wax [...]

24 05, 2017

History of Nigeria – African History

By |2018-04-13T15:39:43-07:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, History|0 Comments

Ngazargamu In the 1500s AD, eastern Nigeria was part of the Islamic Bornu empire. The Bornu built their capital city at Ngazargamu. The Kanem-Bornu ruler Mai Idris Alawma ruled Ngazargamu in the late 1500s. At that time, Ngazargamu was a big walled city. It had organized city planning and wide, straight streets. About [...]

22 05, 2017

African Clothing and Colonization

By |2019-01-21T07:05:12-07:00May 22nd, 2017|Africa, Clothing, History|0 Comments

African clothing and colonization: this is Indian cotton cloth - ca. 1500 AD Africans imported cloth from India By 1500 AD, most people in Africa were making at least some of their cloth out of cotton they grew and wove themselves, though they also continued to make bark cloth. But the most prestigious [...]

22 05, 2017

Crafts from Early Africa

By |2018-04-13T13:21:24-07:00May 22nd, 2017|Africa, Crafts, Games|0 Comments

Crafts from early Africa: A simple Mancala board If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient Africa, these are some ideas other people have found useful in their planning: Africa costumes For costumes: Egyptians and Kushans wore linen tunics (best represented by big [...]

21 05, 2017

Anansi and the Turtle

By |2018-04-12T10:10:20-07:00May 21st, 2017|Africa, Literature|0 Comments

Anansi and the turtle An African story This is an African story about Anansi the spider and Turtle. One day, Anansi the spider picked some yams from his garden. They were extra beautiful delicious yams, so he baked them carefully in the fire. Then he sat down to eat them up. Turtle is [...]