Learn About the People of Mexico at the Museum or Through a Virtual Tour from Your Own School

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) explores the diversity of languages in Mexico.

The IMC has an exhibit that provides an overview of the richness and diversity of languages in Mexico. It highlights samples of the more than 150 native languages still spoken there. The exhibit additionally focuses on some social implications of this diversity of languages within the national life of Mexico.

Electronic Field Trip at the International Museum of Cultures

If you have students that are interested but not able to visit the museum in person, there is another alternative. The IMC also provides insight into Mexico in its Electronic Field Trip. In the IMC Electronic Field Trip, a Museum Docent of Mexican heritage explains to  students that are touring the museum the tonal importance of these languages. Below is a sample of the dialogue in the Museum’s Virtual Tour:

DOCENT: “You can see that most of the non-Spanish speakers live in the southern part of Mexico. Some of the languages are tonal which means that the only difference between “I’m going, and I’m not going” may be the tone of your voice. Likewise, some are also nasal, and you must say a vowel through your nose. If you don’t, you might say “chili pepper”, like I did when you really wanted to say “horse’s tail”!”
STUDENT: “That could be a problem if you were trying to make chili and put a horse’s tail in the pot.”
DOCENT: “You’re right. Languages, to some extent, are partially a result of need. Mixtec dialects can have as many as 20 different words for corn, like the Eskimos have many words for snow: soft snow, slushy snow, icy snow, etc. The Tzeltales in the state of Chiapas have 25 verbs for “carry”, depending on HOW you are going to carry something: on your back, over your shoulder, in a pocket, in your hand, etc. “

View the promotional video of the eField Trip that visits Mexico, South America, Africa, and Papua New Guinea. Learn more by visiting International Museum of Cultures or call us at (972) 572-0462.

Language is Built on the Need of Its Culture

The language of a people defines its culture in many ways.

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you. They are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”
-Wade Davis

Electronic Field Trip at the International Museum of CulturesThe Electronic Field Trip from the International Museum of Cultures discusses this concept. Below is an excerpt from the e-Field Trip on Mexico. It touches upon how a language is built upon the foundation of its culture.

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Docent:

What language is spoken in Mexico?

Student:

Spanish. My mother speaks Spanish when she is mad at me.
(student laughter.)

Docent:

Yes, Spanish is the dominate language in Mexico, but did you know that there are 7 language families in Mexico and 298 of individual languages besides Spanish? The map on the back wall shows, in white, where Spanish is the primary language and, in the colors, where other languages are predominate.
(Cut to map)
Docent: (CONT.)
You can see that most of the non-Spanish speakers live in the southern part of Mexico. Some of the languages are tonal which means that the only difference between “I’m going, and I’m not going” may be the tone of your voice. Likewise, some are also nasal, and you must say a vowel through your nose. If you don’t, you might say “chili pepper”, like I did when you really wanted to say “horse’s tail”!

Student:
That could be a problem if you were trying to make chili and put a horse’s tail in the pot.
(student laughter.)
Docent:
You’re right. Languages, to some extent, are partially a result of need. Mixtec dialects can have as many as 20 different words for corn, like the Eskimos have many words for snow: soft snow, slushy snow, icy snow, etc. The Tzeltales in the state of Chiapas have 25 verbs for “carry”, depending on HOW you are going to carry something: on your back, over your shoulder, in a pocket, in your hand, etc.

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As we learn from the e-Field Trip, language is constructed on the foundation of the culture. If an indigenous culture is taught to speak a language from another culture, what is added and what is lost? How can the impact be measured?

Contact the International Museum of Cultures for more information on the Electronic Field Trip and other educational tools.

International Museum of Cultures Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

IMC TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) will observe Hispanic Heritage Month with traveling exhibits.

The first exhibit will open Monday, September 17th at Nissan-USA headquarters, located at DFW Freeport. Special programming will be held at their headquarters throughout the week. The second exhibit will be shown at the Government Center, DeSoto.

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15 each year with art exhibits, concerts, festivals, lectures parties, etc. The contributions, cultures, histories and traditions of individuals from Mexico, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean, Central America and South America are highlighted during the observance at the IMC.

About the National Hispanic Heritage Month

The IMC is dedicated to showing the cultural diversity of countries around the world, especially those indigenous cultures living in remote areas. The 2012 theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Many Background, Many Stories…One American Spirit” A special online game “Paco’s Passport at PBS KIDS GO!” is available on line. The museum has the PASSPORT game available in the International Expressions Gift Shop.

For further information regarding programming for the month consult the website or visit us on Facebook or call us at (972) 708-7406.

Virtual Museum Tour of the Languages and People of Mexico

The exhibit at the International Museum of Cultures provides an overview of the richness and diversity of languages in Mexico today. It highlights samples of the more than 150 native languages still spoken there. In addition, the displays focus on some social implications of this diversity of languages within the national life of Mexico.

Languages and People of Mexico

In the IMC Electronic Field Trip, this exhibit is brought to life. A teacher can bring her class through this and other exhibits without having to leave the classroom. Below is a sample of the dialogue in the Museum’s Virtual Tour:

DOCENT: “You can see that most of the non-Spanish speakers live in the southern part of Mexico.  Some of the languages are tonal which means that the only difference between “I’m going, and I’m not going” may be the tone of your voice. Likewise, some are also nasal, and you must say a vowel through your nose. If you don’t, you might say “chili pepper”, like I did when you really wanted to say “horse’s tail”!”

STUDENT: “That could be a problem if you were trying to make chili and put a horse’s tail in the pot.”

DOCENT: “You’re right. Languages, to some extent, are partially a result of need. Mixtec dialects can have as many as 20 different words for corn, like the Eskimos have many words for snow: soft snow, slushy snow, icy snow, etc.  The Tzeltales in the state of Chiapas have 25 verbs for “carry”, depending on HOW you are going to carry something: on your back, over your shoulder, in a pocket, in your hand, etc. ”

View the promotional video of the eField Trip that visits Mexico, South America, Africa, and Papua New Guinea. Learn more by visiting International Museum of Cultures or call us at (972) 708-7406.

Educational Programs from the International Museum of Cultures

International Museum of Cultures walkway

International Museum of Cultures walkway

The International Museum of Cultures is a unique anthropology museum located in Dallas, TX.

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

Electronic Field Trip

Our Electronic Field Trip takes the traditional field trip experience to another level! The Electronic Field Trip is entirely online and is designed as an interactive learning tool for your students. Several different activities ensure that your students will enjoy learning about others’ lives around the world without leaving the classroom.

It includes:

  •  a series of videos delivered over the Web that provide an entertaining tour of different sections of the museum. The tour focuses on the Peoples of Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico
  • curricula covering TEKS for K-12 science, social studies, English language arts, and math.

Discovery Boxes

Discovery Boxes allow your students to experience cultures around the world in a unique and interactive way. Discovery boxes come in 12 different themes and include a variety of objects from our museum’s collection. Your students will be able to touch and examine the objects while completing included activities and worksheets that encourage them think critically about the world around them.

Boxes include:

  • a teacher’s guide with detailed object descriptions
  • curricula covering TEKS for K-12 science, social studies, English language arts, fine arts, and math
  • eye-opening activities that guide your students through understanding the objects

Classroom Programs on Anthropology

Our docents will gladly come to your classroom to introduce your students to the cultures featured in our museum. Docents bring objects from our museum collection to your classroom to allow your students to touch and experience them firsthand. Guided activities provide a flexible and interactive experience for your students.

Museum Tour of Indigenous Cultures

If you prefer a traditional field trip for your students, the International Museum of Cultures is  here to make your experience worthwhile. Our tours are both educational and fun. They can include crafts, interactive activities, and more! We will work with you to tailor your tour to your needs.

Contact the museum

Contact us to discuss how we can assist you and your educational objectives. We will work together to meet your needs and the needs of your students.

Promotional Video of the Electronic Field Trip from the International Museum of Cultures

Electronic Field Trip of a Unique Anthropology Museum

Our new educational products are providing many opportunities for outreach.

The Electronic Field Trip, called IMC Rocks!, is our premier production, presenting a virtual tour accompanied with teacher’s guide and complete curriculum. The e-field trip is delivered over the Cloud from any Web-enabled device. The program meets or exceeds the TEKS in social studies, language arts, music and math. See our promotional video by clicking on the world below:

Electronic Field Trip video from the International Museum of Cultures

The International Discovery Boxes are also very popular. Check them out as well.

For more information Contact Us 

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

Press Release: October 20, 2011

FEWER SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS, LESS CASH FOR ATTRACTIONS

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CULTURES OFFERS AN ALTERNATIVE

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mary Fae Kamm, Director

(972) 572-0462

The International Museum of Cultures