Art of Africa and/or Mesoamerica (7th Grade)

Africa
Africa is a vast continent made up of more than fifty countries with many different climates and types of land: hot savannas, deserts, green rain forests, large river valleys and snow-covered mountains. The Niger, the Nile, and the Congo are Africa’s three major rivers. Africa is inhabited by a greater variety of ethnic groups (or peoples) than any other continent. These groups speak hundreds of languages, practice diverse religions and customs, and—of course—create a wide variety of art.

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African Object Information Sheet (7th Grade)

Mesoamerica
Approximately one third of all Californians can trace their heritage to Mexico, Central America, or South America. Many of these Californians are direct heirs to the advanced cultures created in Mesoamerica before the invasion of the conquistadores. Mesoamerica was a cultural area that included modern‑day Mexico and northwestern Central America (Guatemala, Belize, and parts of Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua). This area was home to many great civilizations for over 3,000 years, from 1500 B.C. until the arrival of the Spanish in A.D. 1519.  This guide will look at art from a few of these civilizations: Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, West Mexico, and Aztec. These civilizations were ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse, but shared many similar beliefs and practices.

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Ancient Mesoamerican Object Information Sheet (7th Grade)

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