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Honoring the beautiful indigenous cultures that have graced our planet in the past and present, featuring festive dances, traditional music and an abundance of colorful clothing, artwork, plus timeless spirituality reminding us of our original nature and harmonious relationship with the universe.

The Melodic Hearts and Spirit of the Garifuna People

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The Melodic Hearts and Spirit of the Garifuna People

Today we are delighted to share the rich and vibrant culture of the Garifuna. The community has traditionally been a matrilineal society, where women make decisions and safeguard the members. These lively people are of West African and Amerindian descent, with many living along the Caribbean coast of Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. To quote the late Andy Palacio, also known as the “Bard
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-10   100 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-10

Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

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Onsens - The Hotsprings of Japan

Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun,” is an island country in East Asia. Although it is a nation with rapid modern development, it has never lost touch with its traditional culture and heritage. The island is blessed with more than 3,000 mineral-rich onsens, fed directly from the 25,000 thermal springs bubbling beneath its unique geothermal archipelago. Furthermore, the ongoing volcanic activities
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-03   216 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-02-03

Holy Songs - Bahá'í Prayers

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Holy Songs - Bahá'í Prayers

The Baháʼí faith is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Founded in the 19th century by His Holiness Baháʼu'lláh in Persia, it is now estimated to have over five million believers all over the world. Bahá means “glory” or “splendor.” There are three central teachings of the Bahá’i Faith, which are the unity of God, the unity of religion, and unity of humankind. Prayers are important
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-27   276 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-27

The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

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The Arctic’s Resilient Inuit People

The Inuit are a remarkable indigenous community who are considered the world’s northernmost culture. Living above the tree line in the Arctic, this nomadic group needed to develop special skills to survive. One of the most famous and iconic structures made by the Inuit is the igloo, which they developed as a temporary shelter for the long, harsh winters. An igloo is typically made of very h
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-20   389 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-20

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Indian Saraswati Veena

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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Indian Saraswati Veena

The Saraswati veena is one of India’s oldest musical instruments. It is a large fretted lute that is named after the Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and art. Often referred to as the “Queen of Instruments,” it is a predominant solo instrument in the Carnatic music, the main style of classical music in southern India, and distinct from the Hindustani music of the north. Since anci
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-13   244 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-13

Latin American Dance

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Latin American Dance

Latin America is a place with many culturally enriched dances. Stemming from Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, Latin American dances infuse cultural flavour with technical skill to bring exciting performances to audiences worldwide. Modern Latin American dance consists of a wide variety of styles that were formed in separate cities and countries. Some of the dances have
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-08   250 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-08

Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

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Traditional Musical Instrument: The Hungarian Cimbalom

The cimbalom, an elaborate stringed instrument found mainly in the Central and Eastern European nations, belongs to the dulcimer family and is played by striking metal strings mounted over a trapezoidal soundboard. Associated with the music of the Hungarian Gypsies, the cimbalom is a symbol of Hungary as well as its national instrument. Cimbaloms come in varying sizes, tone groupings, and string a
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-06   214 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-01-06

Crete: Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea

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Crete: Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, about 160 kilometers south of the Greek mainland, Crete is endowed with mild temperatures, beautiful natural attractions, and an ancient history and culture. Its land mass is made up of varied terrain, ranging from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. Mount Ida is the tallest peak in this range, and is home to the Ideon Cave, the birthplace of Ze
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-30   197 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-30

The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

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The Creative Basque People of France and Spain

The Basque Country is a region covering southwest France and northwest Spain that the locals call Euskal Herria, or “Basque speaker.” It is believed that the Basques are descendants of Neolithic farmers who became separated from other European communities due to their geographical isolation. Their land features mountainous terrain, rocky landscapes, coastal lookouts and an abundance of beauty! The
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09   525 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-12-09

Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

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Taiwan (Formosa)’s Bunun People – Fascinating Legends, Beautiful Ceremonies

Among the Austronesian peoples of the world, the Bunun aboriginal group of Taiwan (Formosa) lives at the northernmost and highest point on Earth. They are known as the patron saints of Yushan Mountain, the island's tallest mountain. They have an orally-based culture with no written language, and they are also the ethnic group with the most ceremonies among Taiwan (Formosa)'s aborigines. Today, we
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11   818 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-11-11

The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

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The Spiritual Sámi of Northern Europe

Today, we present some highlights of the Sámi culture, an indigenous culture present in the northernmost Nordic countries and the Kola Peninsula within the Murmansk Oblast of Russia. Traditionally, the bond between the Sámi and the natural land has been profound and sacred. They have historically lived their lives in accordance with nature. Deeply grounded in the understanding that from the earth
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21   509 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-10-21

The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

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The Māori Tūhoe People- Guardians of the Sacred Te Urewera Rainforest

Today, we visit Oceania to learn about the Māori Tūhoe. New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises two main islands, namely, the North Island and South Island plus about 600 other smaller islands. The nation has a population of about 5 million, of which the majority are of European descent, with the Māori forming the most significant minority and then followed
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15   390 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-15

Bartering - Exchanging Goods, Services and Friendship

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Bartering - Exchanging Goods, Services and Friendship

Welcome to our program, “Bartering – Exchanging Goods, Services and Friendship.” Bartering was a system of trade introduced by the Mesopotamia tribes dating back to 6,000 BC. The Phoenicians adopted the system to trade goods with other cities across the oceans. An improved bartering system was developed by the Babylonians and was used to exchange goods for food, tea, spices, and other commodities.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-09   441 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-09

Holy Songs - Russian Orthodox Chants

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Holy Songs - Russian Orthodox Chants

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly Home. Russia is a multi-continental country stretching from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia and spanning eleven time zones, it is the largest country in the world by area. Russian Orthodoxy has been the main religion for a mi
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-03   598 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-09-03

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

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Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

Germany stretches across Western and Central Europe, covering about 357,000 square kilometers and shares its borders with nine other European countries. With a population of more than 80 million people, Germany is the second-most populous state in Europe after Russia. Germany’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world, and the German approach is considered a role model for other nations to follow
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27   700 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27

The iTaukei of Fiji: Islanders with Heart

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The iTaukei of Fiji: Islanders with Heart

Today, we are going to travel to a quintessential tropical island paradise with balmy breezes to learn about an indigenous people whose ancestors came to this beautiful archipelago around 3,500 years ago. Fiji is truly spectacular and features white sand beaches, turquoise oceans, palm trees and fertile land. It’s no wonder the ocean-faring Melanesians, called the Lapita, who found their way to th
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-19   480 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-19

Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples- Loving Efforts to Resolve the Climate Crisis

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Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples- Loving Efforts to Resolve the Climate Crisis

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on August 9 annually, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations that took place in 1982. On this day, the United Nations reminds us of the Native people’s contributions to the world. Globally, we honor their precious efforts to preserve and protect the planet for generation
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-08   353 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-08

Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 2 of 2

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Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 2 of 2

“The advantage of the Moon Lute is in its performance techniques including loud, soft, long, short notes, and fluttering and snapping sounds with significant depth. When playing the Moon Lute, we have to be dedicated, and make an effort to find its unique features. Otherwise, if we just play it casually, then we can’t make use of all the features of the instrument.” “When the Moon Lute is played,
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-29   403 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-29

Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 1 of 2

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Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 1 of 2

Today, we will take you to Âu Lạc (Vietnam), to explore and enjoy the poetic and alluring beauty of the Moon Lute, a folk musical instrument classified as one of the national treasures of this beautiful country. The Moon Lute has other names such as “Kìm” Lute, Double-stringed Lute or Gentleman Lute. From its moon-shaped body, it was named the Moon Lute. The Moon Lute came to Âu Lạc during the Lý
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22   1213 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22

The Heiltsuk of British Columbia: Take a little, Leave a Lot

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The Heiltsuk of British Columbia: Take a little, Leave a Lot

During our time together, we will learn about a resourceful group of individuals in Western Canada called the Heiltsuk. Most of the Heiltsuk today live in the village of Bella Bella. The Heiltsuk have a well-defined code of ethics and morality, which has historically been taught through their oral tradition, music, dance, and artwork. The word Heiltsuk literally means “to speak or act correctly,”
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-21   481 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-21
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