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World History & Geography

Make World History and Geography come alive for students with these exhibits

Prehistory

Dinosaur fossils and casts (Habitat Hall): A variety of articulated dinosaur casts and fossils

The Geography of Prehistory (Hall of Evolution). A walk through the history of life on Earth. Includes information about each era, specimens, and touchable fossil casts

Paleontology (Hall of Evolution). Describes paleontology as a field and how scholars use evidence from finds

Late Pleistocene mammals in Michigan (Hall of Evolution): Discussion of the history and specimens from mammoth, mastodon, ox, and beaver

"Lucy" (Hall of Evolution): Model based on skeletal remains of female Australopithecus afarensis found in Ethiopia

"Nariokotome Boy" (Evolution in Action Gallery): Cast of the skeletal remains of an early Pleistocene male Homo erectus

History and Culture by Geographic Area

Asia

"Ceramic Arts of China" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Examples of Chinese jars, teapots, vases, and dishes from the 16th to 20th centuries. Discussion of trade and development of products for trading

"Hmong Traditions in Michigan" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): The Hmong people are a tribe originating from China who migrated to the hills of Laos. Since 1975, Hmong people have settled in other places, including Michigan, to escape war and conflict. Includes a story cloth and examples of traditional clothing

"India" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Shows a variety of historical artifacts, including a brass frying pan, balance scale, traditional Hindu temple oil lamp, and Mohandas Gandhi statue

"Indonesia Batik" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Describes the process of creating fabrics by using copper stamps, wax, and dye

"Indonesian Islands" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Culture, masks, instruments, plates, and daggers

"Religion in Bali" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Figurines, carvings, and headdresses

"Theater in Java [Indonesia]" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Puppets and masks used in traditional theater. Example of musical instrument for accompaniment

Australia and Oceania

"Micronesia" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Micronesian geography, panels, canoe models, and shell money

"New Guinea" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Explore objects related to magic, masks, and totems

Central America and the Caribbean

"Amerindian Textiles from Guatemala and Mexico" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Examples of weaving and fabrics from these areas

"Foods from the New World" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Foods made of things found natively in the Americas

"Nicaraguan Religious Fiestas" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Dancer attire in traditional celebrations

"The Piñata" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Piñatas around the world and how they are used

"Religious symbolism in Latin America" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Pre-Hispanic Amerindian religions, Catholicism, African retentions, and syncretism

Europe

"The Piñata" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Piñatas around the world and how they are used

Middle East, North Africa, and Greater Arabia

"Ancient Egypt" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Discusses religion, tombs, mummification, and tools

North America

"Amerindian Textiles from Guatemala and Mexico" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Examples of weaving and fabrics from these areas

"Foods from the New World" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Foods made of things found natively in the Americas

"Fur Traders Cabin" (Heritage Hall): A real fur trader's cabin from Grand Island, Michigan interpreted to illustrate the Michigan fur trade in the 1780s

"Hmong Traditions in Michigan" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): The Hmong people are a tribe originating from China who migrated to the hills of Laos. Since 1975, Hmong people have settled in other places, including Michigan, to escape war and conflict. Includes a story cloth and examples of traditional clothing

"Little Traverse Bay Odawa" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Cultural objects and information about the political and cultural history of the tribe

"The Piñata" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Piñatas around the world and how they are used

"19th Century Lakota Material Culture" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Explore beaded jewelry, leather dress, moccasins, and bow and arrows

"Pine Forests of Michigan" (Heritage Hall): Logging history, tools, photographs, and a diorama

"Religious symbolism in Latin America" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Pre-Hispanic Amerindian religions, Catholicism, African retentions, and syncretism

"Stanley's Crossroads Store" (Heritage Hall): A recreation of a general store illustrating the 1880-1920 period. Includes artifacts from the MSU Museum and the Rykala family general store in East Lake, Michigan. Packaging, trading, goods and values, and market economy

"Technological Specialization – The Eskimo" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Different tools and clothing used by Inuit people to adapt and survive

"Tenochtitlan: Capital City of the Aztecs" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Detailed model of the capital city of the Aztecs

South America

"Foods from the New World" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Foods made of things found natively in the Americas

"Religious symbolism in Latin America" (Case, Hall of World Cultures): Pre-Hispanic Amerindian religions, Catholicism, African retentions, and syncretism

Sub-Saharan Africa

No current exhibits