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Students learn about cultures

Students at Roberson Students from Elizabeth Scalcione’s ninth-grade global studies class spent a day immersed in artifacts from Southeast Asia, China, and Africa while touring Roberson Museum.

Students discovered geographical context such as where these artifacts were from and how materials, tools, technology, and color were used to create them.

Students met with Professor Don Boros who is the collector of all the items. It took him over 35 years to collect these artifacts and told his stories and tales – almost being killed for walking into a tribal home, how women are treated in some of these very primitive settings, and how much he enjoyed discovering the world.

Next, students created their own shield, mask or bracelet using the three categories that Boros divides his collection into; power, pleasure, and duty. Students did a cultural inventory to characterize themselves and in doing so created their own artifact.

With their new-found knowledge, students spent two days discussing “How has cultural identity been threatened?”
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