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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and ChildrenFaces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children March 2019

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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Cricket Media, Inc.
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high five

1. It is estimated that there are 370 million indigenous people in the world, in more than 70 countries, representing 5,000 different cultures, and speaking the majority of the world’s 7,000 languages. 2. The Maya are often written about as if they no longer exist, but that is not the case. They live on the same land and practice the same rituals their ancestors did. From A.D. 250 to 900, the Maya led the planet in math, writing, and astronomy innovations. 3. A Nenets herder discovered the perfectly preserved body of a baby wooly mammoth that had been washed out of the Russian permafrost. Nicknamed Lyuba, this prehistoric cousin of the modern elephant was thought to have died about 42,000 years ago at the age of one month. 4. Coffee has helped the…

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beavers: ecosystem engineers

Native peoples have learned to adapt to their environments. Tribes along the Amazon River live in harmony with nature in the wet, humid rainforest, while people of the Sahara Desert herd animals in a land of drought. Enter the beaver, a native North American rodent that is also very adaptable. The American beaver lives from coast to coast, except in the Arctic tundra and southern deserts. Second only to humans, the beaver has the ability to change the environment to its own advantage. If a beaver can’t FIND a place to live, it will MAKE a place to live. BEAVER BUILDERS Although they don’t actually wear hard hats like in the cartoons, beaver crews are indeed experts at construction. They gnaw and fell (cut down) trees to construct huge log, branch, and…

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life lessons from the experts

Have you ever noticed that people who have “been there, done that” have a lot of wisdom about handling life’s situations? Many indigenous groups (people who have always lived in a region) have knowledge that has been carefully passed down through countless generations. How have their cultures survived for 10,000 years or more? Here is a collection of life lessons from indigenous experts from three different continents. LESSONS FROM THE YANOMAMI, AMAZON RAINFOREST, SOUTH AMERICA 1. Observe nature. The Yanomami of Brazil and Venezuela have learned the plants in their region. They use 500 species daily for everything from food to cures for fevers, stomach aches, and snake bites to dyes for body paints. Wood from the forest is used to build houses, tools, and weapons. By knowing which tree is likely…

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the maya: we are here

The Maya civilization led the planet in math, writing, and astronomy innovations from A.D. 250 to 900. They built soaring temples, invented their own language, and created the most accurate calendar of the ancient world. The Maya are often written about as people from the past, but they have not disappeared. The descendants of the people who constructed the famous cities of Chichen Itza and Tikal are still alive and strong. They live on the same land and practice the same rituals their ancestors did. But their transition into modern times hasn’t always been easy. After suffering years of brutality at the hands of the Spanish, the Maya are demanding justice. Along with activists such as Rigoberta Menchu, they continue to fight against racism in search of an equal place in…

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the nenets: reindeer herders of russia

The Reindeer Connection The Nenets people of Siberia are expert reindeer herders who live in one of the harshest environments in the world, the frozen Arctic tundra. They share deep ties with the animals they herd. “The reindeer is our home, our food, our warmth and our transportation,” says Nenets herdsman Sergei Hudi. Eaten raw, frozen, or boiled, vitamin-rich reindeer meat is the most important part of the Nenets’ diet. Reindeer hides also provide homes. The hides cover wooden poles to create choom (cone-shaped tents). Heat is kept in and the cold out. When winter temperatures plunge to -50°, men wear coats made of four reindeer skins with the fur on the inside and the leather on the outside. Women’s coats are made of a double layer—about eight reindeer skins. Both men…

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k’ho: the art of brew

Motorcycles and scooters fill the streets of Da Lat, the capital of Lam Dong Province in the central highlands of Southern Vietnam. The cool mountain city becomes a bustling vacation hotspot during the sultry summer months. Couples exchange wedding vows on the lake, and families cool themselves in the expansive pine forests, lakes, and waterfalls. Tourists and locals wander the sidewalks in the misty rain in search of banh can (mini pancakes) and a cup of Vietnamese coffee, served over ice with sweetened condensed milk. Coffee is synonymous with Vietnam, which is evident by countless coffee shops, street carts, and cafés calling customers to the liquid love. The ice, sweet milk, and dark brown brew create a cascade of melting color inside a plastic cup. Each cup is a unique canvas…

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