Anthropology Museum Offers Ability to Adopt an Artifact of Indigenous Cultures

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC), a unique Anthropology museum in Dallas, allows the public to help preserve artifacts of indigenous cultures from around the world.

Pan Flute Solomon Islands

Flute Solomon Is

Gourd container from Peru IMC

Gourd container from Peru

Through “Adopting an Artifact,” a patron will become an advocate for ethnic and cultural diversity, thereby furthering the mutual respect and peace between peoples of this world. Adopting an artifact creates an emotional bond between the patron and the artifact, along with the culture of the artifact’s origin.

The IMC recognize the person, family, classroom, or even a business, that adopts an artifact by displaying a small plaque along with the QR code in the museum near their adopted artifact for others to see.

Adoption cost
$250 dollars (tax deductible)

Program Benefits:

  • Receive a limited 3 month membership
  • 15% discount to the gift shop
  • A certificate of adoption
  • A photograph of the artifact
  • Information about the artifact
  • A QR code for smart phones.

For more information, contact the International Museum of Cultures at or (972) 572-0462Adopt an Artifact International Museum of Cultures

The IMC was among the Sponsors of the SMU Living Village

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) was among the sponsors of the SMU Living Village exhibit that opened in April. It was a walk through exhibit located on the Quad at Southern Methodist University.

IMC Outdoor Display at Southern Methodist University Living Village

IMC Outdoor Display at Southern Methodist University's Living Village

SMU used some of the museum’s items to create replicas of typical Bhutanese and Burundi refugee settlements.

As SMU’s The Daily Campus stated, the Living Village intends to showcase a variety of shelter technologies that displaced populations can utilize…

While primary needs like food, water and shelter are important, culture is often lost in refugee camps, which hurts the quality of life of refugees.

The SMU anthropology department, Lyle engineers, and members of the North Texas Burundi and Bhutan populations worked together to demonstrate how cultural sustainability could still be valued in economically strapped refugee camps.

March 15th is Philanthropy Day – International Museum of Cultures

Gifts made to the International Museum of Cultures makes this unique anthropology museum possible.


Gifts make up approximately 42% of the Museum’s budget. The remainder of our budget is derived from memberships, tour income, and fund raising activities such as events and foundation grants.


Join us on March 15th, Philanthropy Day, with a special gift to the International Museum of Cultures.


Call us at 972-708-7406 to make your donation by phone or use the Online Donate button below.

Thank you for your donation!

Educator’s Preview of New Programs at the International Museum of Cultures

Invitation to Educator's Day at the Intenrational Museum of Cultures

On Saturday, the 21st of January, Educators will have the opportunity to preview the two new programs provided by the International Museum of Cultures.

These programs bring the Museum to your classroom and add a multicultural component to any curriculum.

Join us and see what we have to offer you and your students. If you are unable to attend, do not hesitate to contact us at 972-708-7406 to learn more about our Museum and our educational programs.

Educator’s Day at the International Museum of Cultures – January 21st

Educator’s Day at the International Museum of Cultures

As our young people grow up in a Global Society, it is believed that understanding and respecting other cultures will become increasingly more important to their individual success and the success of our own society as a whole.

IMC Rocks! from the International Museum of Cultures

We are a unique anthropology museum with anthropology-based educational programs that focus on teaching students to respect and understand other cultures. We have a variety of programs that can be easily integrated into your current curriculum (science, social studies, fine arts, English language arts, and math) and are fun and interactive for your students.

The International Museum of Cultures is hosting an Educator’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on January 21, 2012. Educators are invited to come to the Museum and preview our educational programs, such as our Electronic Field Trip and Discovery Boxes with their respective curricula.

Join us and see what we have to offer you and your students. If you are unable to attend, do not hesitate to contact us. We can assist you in providing a successful Virtual Field Trip on world cultures without your students having to leave the classroom.

Electronic Field Trip to Africa, South America, Mexico and Papua New Guinea

Press Release: October 20, 2011



The International Museum of Cultures has tracked school group tours over the past three years at several museums and the statistics reveal a 15 to 20 percent drop due to transportation costs.

Educators say students stand to lose out on personal enrichment especially in the wake of deep public education funding cost by the past legislative session.

An alternative, a tour program has been researched and developed into a marketable product for schools and other groups to access.  A virtual tour via an Electronic Field Trip is now available for a fee-based access via the museum’s website.

Museum of International Cultures, Dallas, Texas

The tour may be scheduled by calling (972) 572-0462 for payment and access code.  TEKS were reviewed and the tour covers all areas and provides both a pre and post tour curriculum for downloading that is included in the tour costs.

The first tour covers Africa, South America, Mexico and Papua New Guinea in a 35 minute presentation.  It is divided into four segments should the educators wish focus on one country at a time.

A preview is available for educators who wish to visit the International Museum of Cultures and view the Electronic Field Trip, discuss the curriculum and dialogue with one of the museum’s experience Docents.


Mary Fae Kamm, Director

(972) 572-0462

The International Museum of Cultures


Talking Drums

When we think of drums being used to communicate, we often think of the drum as conveying a signal. Signal Drums have been used throughout history. However, drums have also been used as a speech surrogate. A Speech Surrogate replicates the tone and rhythm of oral speech. Drums that are used as Speech Surrogates are also referred to as “tallking Drums”.People of the Drum of God, Paul Neeley, author

Paul Neeley wrote the book, the “People of the Drum of God – Come”. Mr. Neeley carried out his studies in 1988, while working with SIL International in Cameroon. Mr. Neeley had relationships with many people in the community of Mekomba, particularly through the drummers, his teachers in Cameroon.

Mr. Neeley’s interest was sparked by the beat of an nkul, a wooden slit drum, that reverberates at dawn around and through the trees and houses of the Ewondo people of Mekomba, Cameroon.

Mr. Neeley recorded the audio versions of a drummed message. Though the general message was the same for each performance, the differences were strikingly noticeable. It was apparent that this was not a recital of a fixed piece. He wondered how many different ways a text could be drummed and still be understood, and how exact was the correlation between speech sounds and drum strokes.

By examining in detail the performance paradigm of Antoine Owono, a church leader who was involved in drumming for more than forty years, Paul Neeley presented a thorough analysis of this communication event in his book People of the Drum of God–Come!

The analysis ranges from phonology of drumstrokes, to the discourse level, to the level of community comprehension. This study draws from such diverse disciplines as sociolinguistics, anthropology, semiotics, cognition, aesthetics, and ethnomusicology to make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of African culture and communication.

SIL International and the International Museum of Cultures Publications in Ethnography(formerly International Museum of Cultures Series) is a series published jointly by SIL International and the International Museum of Cultures. The series focuses on cultural studies of minority peoples of various parts of the world. While most volumes are authored by members of SIL International who have done ethnologic research in a minority language, suitable works by others also occasionally form part of the series.

Click on the picture to hear an example of a Talking Drum