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The Spirit of Afghanistan: Tradition and Renewal Through the Arts

Today’s war-torn Afghanistan has complex origins, with many tribal cultures contributing to its identity. An important crossroad of Central Asia for many centuries, the region now known as Afghanistan has followed various religions and witnessed interacting artistic traditions. Trade routes, blurred borders, and the nomadic life have helped bring about rich cultural exchanges, while tribal affiliations have maintained specific customs and identities within groups. [caption id="attachment_10...

Curriculum Materials Review, Resources

Arts of the Islamic World: A Teacher’s Guide

This thoughtfully compiled teaching tool is essential for today’s educators. While it emphasizes the visual arts, it is a cultural study, and could be taught within the fields of Social Studies, History, or Religion. The brief introduction makes clear that specific categories— Book, Mosque, and Portable Object—are highlighted. The fine color plates, found in a sleeve of the folder, are works from the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. On the back of ea...

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China’s Living Houses: Folk Beliefs, Symbols, and Household Ornamentation

With increased interest in China’s culture, philosophies, history and politics over the last few decades, much has been written, both in scholarly and popular works. Ronald G. Knapp has now provided a thorough and highly readable book on a lesser-known part of Chinese life and traditions—its domestic architecture.

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Chinese Art and Architecture and Japanese Art and Architecture

Chinese Art and Architecture Written and Narrated by Ronald M. Bernier Edited by Ann Campbell 1987. 55 MINUTES (GRADES 5–12); 99 MINUTES (GRADES 9–ADULT) CD ROM PROGRAM (GRADES 5–12) Japanese Art and Architecture Written and Narrated by Ronald M. Bernier Edited by Ann Campbell 1991. 75 MINUTES (GRADES 5–12); 140 MINUTES (GRADES 9–ADULT) ALARION PRESS, INC. P.O. BOX 1882 BOULDER, CO 80306-1882 1-800-523-9177 WWW.ALARION.COM Reviewed by Ann W. Norton These splendid multicu...