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Zaouli de Manfla: The Zaouli dance of the Ivory Coast, West Africa

Zaouli de Manfla, a mask dance from the Gouro or Kweni culture, filmed by African dance teacher Konan Kouakou David in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. Of the tradition, he writes: Zaouli is a popular m...

Anamorphic Star Wars Shadow Art by Red Hong Yi

From architect and artist Red Hong Yi, observe these seven anamorphic Star Wars silhouettes, shadow art experiments created by shining a beam of light from a specific position onto different shapes arranged on wires. ...

Charlie Chaplin & the Billows Feeding Machine: Modern Times (1936)

In this clip from the classic 1936 film Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin is an assembly line worker struggling to live in a society driven by the industrialization of the Machine Age. While on his lunch break, his Tramp ...

Māori dancers of New Zealand perform a Haka dance

Māori dancers of New Zealand perform a Haka dance.  Haka are best described as challenges. They are used to make a point and to vent anger… They are vocal performances involving rhythmic declamation in tripl...

Dia de los Muertos – An animated journey to the land of the dead

Dia de los Muertos, the 2013 story of a little girl who learns the true meaning of the Day of the Dead -- remembering and celebrating loved ones who have died. The animation is a Ringling College of Art and Design stu...

The Egg Painter: Painting traditional Pysanky Easter eggs

The Egg Painter, a beautiful profile of Elena Craciunescu and the traditional Easter egg painting that she skillfully enjoys in a small village in Romania’s northern region of Bukovina. ...

Sampuru – How is Japanese fake food made?

Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort ...

How to build an igloo: A clip from A Boy Among Polar Bears

In this clip from the BBC documentary A Boy Among Polar Bears, we get to watch how the Inuit people build the snow shelter known as an igloo, or iglu in the Inuit language. ("Snow house" is igluvijaq.) These temporary...

The Genius of Play – Vital benefits of playtime in 9 animations

From Tom Rainford and Mash Studio, enjoy these nine animations for The Genius of Play, a campaign by the not-for-profit Toy Industry Association to showcase the essential benefits of playtime. This series of shorts hi...

Amish Barn Raising: Building a barn in one day

Compressing 10 hours of Amish barn-raising construction into 3 minutes and 30 seconds of time lapse footage, Ohio resident Scott Miller created this video from 1600 images that were taken from 7:00am until 5:00pm. Yes...

The Dance Hall: A-Z of African Dance

Azonto, bolo, coupé décalé, dialgati, ëpukay, flékélé, funana, gweta, hapingo, ikoku, jazzé, kizomba, logobi, mulay ceuguin, ndem, oriental, pantsula, rass, rimbaxpaxpax, sabar, skelewu, taracha, thiaxagün, vooga, wat...

FOLI: There is no movement without rhythm

Thomas Roebers’ Rhythm “FOLI” There Is No movement Without Rhythm. “Foli” is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke tribe in West Africa. But Foli is not only found in Malinke music, but in all p...

Colors – A delightful visual collection by The Mercadantes

From the sun, to carrots, to the sky, to frogs, to fire engines, to grape jelly, to bubble gum, to all kinds of rainbows... Enjoy this celebration of the color (and color relationships) in our everyday lives: Colors, ...

The Story of Zero – Getting Something from Nothing

Once upon a time, zero wasn’t really a number. Its journey to the fully fledged number we know and love today was a meandering one. Today, zero is both a placeholder, and tool, within our number system signifying an a...

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

We know that sugar is a big part of candy, ice cream, and sweet drinks, but did you know that added sugars are included in 3/4 of the 600,000+ products found in the average grocery store? And...

What Does the World Eat for Breakfast?

What Does the World Eat for Breakfast — in Egypt, Vietnam, Sweden, or where you live? While these showcased morning foods are only some of the possible breakfasts in each of these countri...

How Daruma dolls are made + Make an origami Daruma doll

Daruma dolls are papier mâché Japanese dolls that represent perseverance, patience, protection, prosperity, achievement, and good luck in the New Year. In this video from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the d...

Holi – The Hindu Holi Festival of Colors

To be watched large in HD, Holi was shot by the studio We Are Variable for the Hindu Holi Festival of Colors:  The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli in Sanskrit, or Dhulheti, Dhulandi or ...

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