Anthropology Express Children’s Project

 

                                ANTHROPOLOGY EXPRESS CULTURAL STUDIES   

 

Curricula & Performances developed by Sandra Kammann

Anthropology Express is a dynamic, hands on approach to cultural studies explored through the lens of the performing arts. First, students learn core stories and belief systems of traditional societies. Then their cultural traditions, relationships to the ecosystem, and contemporary issues are brought to life through brainstorming, dramatic play, movement, culturally specific music and playing traditional instruments. This process culminates with creation of a lively original productions, inspired by diverse cultural perspectives.

The Anthropology Express curriculum makes consistent, meaningful connections with literature, history, social studies, visual arts and music, and offers students an in-depth understanding of performing arts. Peoples indigenous to Tibet, Native North America, and ancient Greece/Minoan Crete comprise a three year cycle at Brooksfield Montessori in McLean, VA. Many cultural cycles are available, and new culture area curricula can be developed upon request.

Programs can be tailored to the goals and time frames of most educational institutions, and last anywhere from a few hours to an entire school year. This curriculum model can be age appropriate for students in kindergarten through college, and is taught in schools, camps, retreats, home school networks, and other venues. Teacher training is available for educators interested in this opportunity to challenge and enliven their students.

Anthropology Express was originally developed by Cultural Anthropologist and Performing Artist Sandra Kammann. The project has continued to evolve through her 15 years as a Kennedy Center Education Program Artist-in-Residence, 24 years at Brooksfield Montessori School, as a Guest Artist at award winning Mantua Elementary School (Fairfax, VA), and at Peace Camps and Family Retreats.

To Include Anthropology Express in Your Program, Contact Sandra Kammann: skammann@aol.com

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