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Small loom weaving
Build small triangular looms, like those used by African children. Few materials necessary, the results are great.

Kente paper weaving
grade 2, fiber arts, curriculum connection: social studies

Cotton spinning
Instructions for ginning cotton, and finger and spindle spinning. A nice hands-on activity.

Building a loom
A guide to building a strip-cloth loom as used by Kente weavers in Ghana.

video clip
Master Kente weaver Gilbert "Bobbo" Ahiagble
The 25 minute video consists of two parts. In the first, the author narrates the children's book Master Weaver from Ghana, while Bobbo weaves. In the second, Bobbo describes strip-weaving as it is practiced in Ghana.
The video and the companion book, Master Weaver from Ghana, can be purchased from the Davi Lojo shop.

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DVDs on African art by Christopher Roy:

Christopher Roy, Professor of African art at the University of Iowa, has produced some wonderful DVDs tailored for classroom use. The videos on these DVDs are compiled from his research trips to Burkina Faso and Ghana and illustrate the arts and life of the people in these countries. They can be purchased online from customflix by following the links below.

Arts of Ghana
The many peoples of Ghana create beautiful Kente cloth, brass castings, stamped Adinkra cloth used in funerals, stools carved of wood, and royal arts. They also use drums in ceremonies in which the tonal patterns of the drumming match the tonal patterns of the spoken messages, allowing the drums to "speak." Five very high-quality videos, shot in August 2002, describe each of these art forms in detail. Running time: 60 minutes.
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A Day in the Life of a Village in Africa 
What is it REALLY like to live in Africa? Scenes of daily life in the village of Sayaga, a small farming village in southwest Burkina Faso. Filmed in 2002, the DVD includes scenes of food preparation, building a house, children in school, spinning thread, weaving, making pottery, forging iron, mask performances, a traditional funeral, sand divination, balafon music, and much more. Running time: 60 minutes.
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Links to web sites with educational content

PBS - Africa
The companion web site to PBS's program 'Africa'. The "teacher tools" section contains lesson plans and also a teacher's guide for the tv program.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/

African Odyssey Interactive
African Odyssey Interactive is an initiative of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with the purpose of promoting an ongoing exchange of ideas, information, and resources between artists, teachers, and students of African arts and culture. The "K-12 African Arts and Teaching Resources" section provides links to resources for teaching about the arts and culture of Africa.
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/artsedge.html

Art and Life in Africa Project
A companion web site to the Art and Life in Africa CD-ROM Project of the University of Iowa. The site contains an online version of the Teacher's Guide, a databank of 47 lesson plans, and profiles of 107 African Cultures and 27 Sub-Saharan African Countries.
http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/

Africa Guide: Internet Resources, Education
An excellent collection of links on the topic of Education. Part of the Africa South of the Sahara directory, which also includes many more topics. Maintained at Stanford University.
http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/ed.html

H-AfrTeach discussion list
H-AfrTeach, a discussion list whose mission is to provide a stimulating forum for considering the possibilities and problems involved in teaching about Africa. It is intended for a wide audience, encompassing educators, students and others with an interest in teaching about Africa at all educational levels.
http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~afrteach/

Teachers' Guide to African Art
Excellent teacher's guide from the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
http://www.thinker.org/fam/education/publications/guide-african/index.html

PBS: Africa for kids
Under the "make a mask" project there is a nice video clip of a Dogon dance.
http://pbskids.org/africa/mask/

Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans and Teaching Tips from Boston University's African Studies Center.
http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/materials/lessonplans/index.html

Education programs at Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art
Information about the museum's tours, films, lectures, workshops and other curriculum resources.
http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/teachers.html

Judy Decker's Art Education Resources
This site was created by Judy Decker, an art teacher. It should be a great resource for other art teachers who are looking for interesting content on the internet. Under "lesson plans" there are several ideas for incorporating african art into the classroom, and also samples of student work (which is great!). There is also a valuable collection of African art links. Browse around the site, there is a lot more there relating to Africa than you might notice at first.
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/index.htm