The Ngbaka Educate Their Own

ngbakaOpeningThe Ngbaka People number over one million, most of whom live in some 1500 villages in the extreme Northwest corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, known formerly as Zaïre, and before that as the Belgian Congo.

Today, 60,000 adults attend Ngbaka adult education classes organized by churches. Ngbaka materials are used in 91 primary schools, with 9,000 children in class. Because no teachers’ salaries have been paid since 1997, these are almost the only functioning primary school in the area… Against all odds!

The Languages and People of Mexico

People of Mexico, International Museum of CulturesThis exhibit provides an overview of the richness and diversity of languages in Mexico today. It highlights samples of the more than 150 native languages still spoken there. In addition, the displays focus on some social implications of this diversity of languages within the national life of Mexico.

Drumbeats of the World

Drums of the World, International Museum of CulturesThe Drumbeats of the World exhibit opened August 20, 2005. The interactive touchscreen video accompanying the exhibit was developed by Creative Force Studio, depicting drums from Ecuador, Peru, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Korea and Native America. Visitors will be introduced to the sounds of drums from every continent. The exhibit is under the direction of the museum curator, Carol Chaney.

The opening event featured a live performance of drum music presented by Clement Tunde Muyeeb “Prince Tunde,” a member of the Osogbo Artist Cultural Movement Foundation. As a master artist he has performed in Brazil, Kenya, Germany and across America. He is associated with the Dallas ISD fine arts department.

The exhibit is sponsored by Nissan Foundation, with additional financial cooperation of the City of Duncanville, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Humanities Texas, and a state partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Click to hear an example of a Talking Drum.