Myths, Magic & Music of Ireland

Mists of Time

Through The Mists of Time is an exhibit that will take you on an entrancing journey to the Emerald Isle.

In this exhibit, we walk through history and discover the timeless myths and legends, music and dance, that have woven a tapestry of strength not only responsible for the survival of the Irish culture, but also one that has helped Ireland thrive within the midst of incredible hardships.

The exhibit begins with the book of invasions, continues to a weaving loom (much like the one used in recent historical Ireland), travels on to Newgrange – an ancient burial mound. From there, the exhibit delves into a foray of ancient and traditional Irish music, a display on Irish step dancing.

You will learn of the unspeakable horror of the potato famine, the Easter rebellion of 1916, and the power of immigration and crop productions until World War II.

The Cofan Fight for Literacy

Lucas Mendua, most recent Cofan graduate

South America is in a fight for literacy. How are the Cofan people battling to preserve language education for their younger generation and thus, preserve their culture?

In Quito, the capital of Ecuador, the Fundacion Sobrevivenica Cofan has developed an education project aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of the next generation so that they can preserve the Cofan land-base and be able to communicate effectively with other countries through the world: the Cofán Leadership Development Program.

 This year there are a total of twenty-four students placed in five schools around Quito, including two Cofan students in universities.

The students live in the Quito Cofan Center, where Cofan foods are served, Cofan values and forms of social interaction are followed, and Cofan is the language of everyday life.

The Cofan are hoping to continually expand this project to offer more children the opportunity for superior education.

Come check out the exhibit featured at the museum representing a slice of Cofan culture and familiarize yourself with this studious and progressive people!

The Yi of China

Yi women in Shilin

The Yi or Lolo people are an ethnic group in China, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Numbering 8 million, they are the seventh largest of the 55 ethnic minority groups officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China. They live primarily in rural areas of Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi, usually in mountainous regions.

Yi woman in traditional dress

Most Yi are farmers; herders of cattle, sheep and goats; and nomadic hunters. Nearly all the Yi live in mountainous areas, often carving out their existence on the sides of steep mountain slopes far from the cities of China.

The altitudinal differences of the Yi areas directly affect the climate and precipitation of these areas.

These striking differences are the basis of the old saying that “The weather is different a few miles away” in the Yi area. This is the primary reason why the Yi in various areas are so different from one another in the ways they make a living.

They practice a form of animism, led by a shaman priest known as the Bimaw. They still retain a few ancient religious texts written in their unique pictographic script. Their religion also contains many elements of Taoism and Buddhism.

The Gallery at IMC

The Gallery at The International Museum of Cultures is a collection of art by Texas artists.  A variety of artistic genres can be perused and purchased including, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media paintings.

Dudley Sanders

About The Gallery’s Curator

Kelli Howie curates many of the exhibits at The International Museum of Cultures, including The Gallery.

An artist in her own right, Kelli has many years of experience in art instruction at both private and public institutions.  She has served as adjunct professor at the University of Dallas and has taught budding artist professionals at Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts as well as the Visual Expressions Creative Art School in Cedar Hill.

As an independent artist and civic cultural organizer, Kelli works in the creation of images and objects that enhance the human experience.  Her art expands from theater costumes, set and prop design to the fine arts including water color, oil, ceramics, nature photography and sculpture.


Dudley Sanders 2

Kelli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Art from the University of Dallas and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University.

Her art is on permanent display at The Gallery along with other North Texas artists.

If you love the arts or know someone who does, we encourage you to come by the museum to view the spectacular art display. The Gallery will continue to be updated and new pieces will become available throughout the year. A percentage of every purchase goes towards supporting the museum so that we can continue to see future exhibits and events.

The Gallery viewing hours are the same as the Museum’s hours of operation, and by reservation.


The Ngbaka Educate Their Own

The Ngbaka Opening

The 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!

Drums of the World

Drums from around the World

The Drums 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 are introduced to the sounds of drums from every continent.

Prince Tunde opens the Drums of the World Exhibit

Shown to the left, Clement Tunde Muyeeb, otherwise known as “Prince Tunde”, opened this exhibit with a live performance of drum music.

Prince Tunde is 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.

Click to hear an example of a Talking Drum.