Cultural Jambalaya is expanding its educational programming to focus on America. Windows & Mirrors: AMERICA highlights the diverse cultural makeup of and cultural contributions by all Americans. This trailer introduces a new series, still in production, which features:
America’s indigenous people who stood here first;
Millions of early immigrants who came to America to seek a better life;
Africans who came to America involuntarily as slaves;
Immigrants coming to America today, leaving their homelands, many of which have been torn apart by war.
Religion & Spirituality
Windows & Mirrors: RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY
Windows & Mirrors: RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY gives us a peek into some of the world’s thousands of forms of faith that are at the core of our cultures. To begin to break down cultural barriers, the DVD asks students to examine and value each other’s similarities as well as our differences. Designed to spawn discussion, the DVD showcases our diverse religious and spiritual landscape from Asia to the Middle East, and from Africa to Latin America.
Countless belief systems, principles and philosophies
Intriguing indigenous spiritual practices and captivating traditional ceremonies
Faith’s common moral guidance: The Golden Rule
Religions deeply rooted in history, tradition and nature
Extraordinary religious architecture and historic design
Windows & Mirrors: Latin America focuses on captivating people and the traditions, rituals and religions that enrich their fragile cultures. To begin to break down cultural barriers, the DVD asks students to admire and value each other’s similarities as well as our differences. Designed to spawn discussion, the DVD showcases the diverse, historic and traditional cultures of Latin America – from Cuba, Mexico and Central America in the north, winding through the Amazon and extending south through the Andes and Patagonia.
• Intriguing Amazonian cultures of the Achuar, Shuar and Quicha
• Powerful landscapes of the rich Andes valley, Torres del Paine, and Upsala and Perito Moreno glaciers
• Ancient civilizations of the Mayan city of Tikal and Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
• Traditional spiritual and healing practices of Syncretism, Santeria and Animism
• Fragile ecosystems and natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, Galápagos Islands and Patagonia
• Vibrant carnivals, fiestas, festivals and celebrations that define the soul of Latin America
Cultural Jambalaya's "Windows & Mirrors: The Middle East"
Cultural Jambalaya has completed production of its second educational DVD for teachers. "Windows & Mirrors: The Middle East" includes images and narratives highlighting the fascinating people and intriguing cultures of the Middle East. Supported by an online study guide, the DVD is a resource for Middle School and High School teachers to engage students in a variety of subjects, including social studies, geography, history, diversity and language.
Designed to spawn discussion, the Middle East DVD showcases the historic and traditional cultures of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon.
Ancient archeological sites of Palmyra, Luxor, Jerash, Ephesus, Baalbek, Petra and Abu Simbel
Rich Bekaa Valley and rolling hills of Izmir; mesmerizing Mediterranean and legendary Red Sea
Spiritual significance of the Jordan River, Summit of Mt. Sinai, Dome of the Rock and St. Simeon
Magical fortress of Masada, cedar forests of Lebanon, dead scrolls of Qumran
Bedouin nomads and shepherds, bustling commercial centers; and peaceful kibbutzim and lively souks
Complex intersection of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and new religions, and their intriguing traditions
Cultural Jambalaya's First Educational DVD "Windows & Mirrors"
Created for teachers, "Windows & Mirrors," Cultural Jambalaya’s first educational DVD, highlights people and cultures throughout the world using global images. Combined with a free online study guide, the DVD is a resource for Middle School and High School teachers to engage students in a variety of subjects, including social studies, geography, history, diversity and language.
Exotic Asia - China, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar.
Colorful India - from the Taj Mahal to the Ganges River.
Mythical lands of the last Shangri-La - Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, Yunnan.
Unchanged tribal cultures - Amazon, Namibia, Myanmar, Ghana, South Africa.
Emerging economies - Russia, Eastern Europe, India, Africa, South America.
Stunning environments - Africa plains, Arabian deserts, South American jungle, Papua New Guinea rainforest, Himalayan Mountains, Galapagos Islands.
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Windows & Mirrors: Africa
"Windows & Mirrors: Africa" DVD is here!
Windows & Mirrors: AFRICA showcases African people and their cultures, rituals and religions. To begin
to break down cultural barriers, the DVD asks students to admire and value each other’s similarities as well
as their differences. Designed to stimulate discussion, the DVD highlights the diverse, historic and traditional
cultures of Africa - from Casablanca, Morocco in the desert north, extending south to the continent’s tip in Cape Town, South Africa.
Fascinating indigenous cultures of the Himba, Ashanti, Bushman, Maasai, Zulu, Ovambo and Dogon peoples
The blending of religions, such as Christianity and Islam with traditional spiritual practices
Spectacular herds and migrations of animals that star in the most extensive wildlife show on earth
Historic sites from ancient mosques in Timbuktu to kasbahs in Marrakech and slave castles in Cape Coast
Colorful rituals and festive ceremonies that celebrate birth, death, marriage and initiation
Iconic landscapes of Ngorongoro, Serengeti, the Arabian Desert and the Great Rift Valley
Cultural Jambalaya has released Windows & Mirrors: Asia, the newest video in our Educational Series. The DVD showcases the diverse, historic and traditional cultures of Asia -- from the Pacific Rim, extending west to India and Russia.
Mysterious and forbidden North Korea, exotic tribes of Myanmar, peaceful Kingdom of Bhutan
Mongolia’s magical Gobi, China’s massive Great Wall, ancient dynasties of Japan, Cambodia
World Heritage Sites featuring Angkor Wat, Potala, Luong Prabong, Taj Mahal, Red Square’s St. Basil
Rooted traditions vs. explosive growth in China, India, Russia; agrarian life in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand
Mass Games in Pyongyang; stunning Himalayas of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, including Mt. Everest
Spiritual diversity of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity
Windows & Mirrors:
The Middle East presents a tour of Middle Eastern locales by executive director
Gail Shore, who traveled to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey,
taking numerous photographs in each country. The program features a selection
of these stills organized into montages on different subjects—transportation,
historical sites, living accommodations, working conditions, religion, customs
and rituals, family life, and global connections—coupled with Shore’s brief
comments. The commentary here is certainly basic—only a few seconds are devoted
to Mount Sinai, the pyramids, the fortress of Masada, the Dome of the Rock, and
Qumran, to mention only a handful of sites visited. The photography, however,
is first-rate, and the half-hour running time shouldn’t exhaust the attention
span of the target audience of elementary and middle school students. In
addition, the moral that Shore draws from her experience—that people of the
Middle East share with us a desire to build a better world for their
children—is certainly worth hearing. Also featuring an online study guide, this
is a strong optional purchase. Aud: E, I, P. (F. Swietek)
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Gail Shore, a self-described “globe trekker,” shares her own photographs and the insights she has gained from her decades of travel to create a film that gives students “windows” into the lives of people who live in remote and often threatened cultures and “mirrors” that reflect that people around the world share the universality of the human experience.
There are seven segments: travel images of World Heritage sites, everyday life, jobs, customs and rituals, religion and spirituality, and families. Shore’s introduction and conclusion send a strong message of environmental awareness, tolerance and respect for all cultures, and the need to promote peace.
Technical quality is outstanding. Visuals include some moving footage but most of the film is made up of Shore’s exceptional still photos, and she also provides the general narration. Her commentary is supplemented with comments from people who hail from Asia, South America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands.
Although many educational productions share this film’s message of cultural diversity and tolerance, this one is better organized and more interesting than most. It could be used to introduce people and places that are often overlooked in classes studying social studies and geography. A strong additional purchase for middle school collections. -Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO, School Library Journal
The "Windows & Mirrors" series is accompanied with study guides created for teachers by teachers. They are downloadable in a Word doc format so teachers can edit them according to their respective lesson plans. The study guides contain:
An index of featured photography
Educational modules that correspond to themes in the films
Each module contains an agenda, topics and learning activities that teachers can use as tools to spark students' imaginations to explore more about the similarities as well as the differences of people and cultures across the globe. The process aims to embrace diversity by helping students respect, understand and value others through a range of lenses.
The study guide is a collection of Microsoft Word .docs compressed as a .zip file. After the downloaded is complete, it will need to be uncompressed to access the content.
Online Study Guide created by Grayce Belvedere Young, Sherri Kreuser and Joyce Carey
"Windows & Mirrors" theme is based on "Curriculum as Window & Mirror" essay - first published in Listening for All Voices, Oak Knoll School monograph, Summit, NJ, 1988
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