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(Haiti) American Museum of Natural History (Texas)

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Recommended because this online companion to Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou is intended to capture the essence of the past exhibition as well as the living, breathing spirit of Vodou today. You can click on many of the artworks found on this site to view a larger version of that image. Vodou is the Creole religion. Like the Haitian people, Vodou spirits came from Africa, and they have been profoundly affected by slavery and hard won freedom. To honor and serve these spirits, Haitians create ceremonial art based on African models and influenced by Catholic, Masonic and other spiritual traditions. The sacred arts of Vodou are the outstanding achievement of a great people and their incomparable gift to the world. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Haiti) Embassy of the Republic of Haiti (Texas)

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Recommended because this is the homepage for the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C. It includes press releases, links to the National Palace,Parliament, and the Secretary of state for Tourism. This site also has a link to the National Television station. Be aware of the fact that the site is in English and French. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002 ; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

(Haiti) Haitian Consulate (Texas)

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Recommended because this site supplies travel information to Haiti from the Consulate located in Washington, D. C. Like all the consulate travel information, this site describes road conditions, aviation safety, medical facilities, and criminal statistics. Be aware of the date the information is updated. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Haiti) Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (Texas)

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Recommended because of its socioeconomic, political, and demographic statistical indicators of Haiti. Be aware of the fact that the information is well organized, extensive, and in paragraph form and lists. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Haiti) Purdue University (Texas)

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Recommended because this site contains a brief historic overview of Haiti, with several pictures of landscapes. It also describes “culinary delights,” and cultural information. Be aware of the fact that is a basic site that does not have much more detail than average encyclopedia coverage. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Haiti) UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) (Texas)

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Recommended because the UNHCR site details the situation of refugees around the globe. News releases are listed by date, and include political updates, and the relations of Haiti with their Latin American and Caribbean neighbors. Start by looking at the lead stories on the page and then typing Haiti in the search feature in the upper right. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Haiti) USAID (Texas)

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Recommended because the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. Its mission may be controversial when the foreign policy goals of the U.S. do not match those of the other country, yet students should aware of its existence. Additional information includes immigration, the environment, democratic growth, and human rights. Start by Selecting the Haiti link on the right of the lead page. A printable PDF document will be loaded on your computer desktop. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

(Honduras) Honduras This Week Online (Texas)

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Recommended because this weekly newspaper features national interest stories, and regional news in English. The editorials are great to read and the news items are varied and interesting. Reviewed by Tim Dove, June 2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Honduras) Pan American Health Organization/World Health (Texas) Organization

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Recommended because of its socioeconomic, political, and demographic statistical indicators of Honduras. Start by selecting the blue links for more detailed analysis. Be aware of the fact that the information is well organized, extensive, and in paragraph form–it is not provided with graphs or charts. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Honduras) Stanford University

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Recommended because in this lesson plan on the African Diaspora in Latin America, students read about the historical migration of the Honduran Garinagu, trace the migratory patterns of the Garinagu with a map or globe, investigate and draw a map of their relatives’ immigration to the U.S., present the map to the class and share a cultural tradition rooted in their family background, discuss their personal experiences of moving and adaptation to a foreign environment. and interview local immigrants about their experiences adapting to life in the U.S. It is hoped that students will learn about the migratory practices and ethnic origins of the Honduran Garinagu, increase their cultural awareness and appreciation by investigating the immigration of their family members to the U.S., and enhance their empathy towards immigrants living in the U.S. by reflecting on students’ personal experiences and by interviewing local immigrants. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Peru) Tambo Amana (Texas)

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Recommended because the site gives some good background to the indigenous of the region and gives students ideas of alternative ways to use natural resources. Tambo Amana is a small ecotourism project in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Be aware of the fact that this site is operated completely by the indigenous peoples themselves it represents an unique cultural and natural experience. Reviewed by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

(Venezuela) Culture…from Embassy site

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Recommended because this site, distributed by the Venezuelan Embassy, provides the reader with a brief history of items from a list of internal links which include:Population and social patterns, National Symbols, Traditional Festivals, Famous Writers, Thirty years of Art, Museums in Caracas, Venezuelan Artists, and Videos. The site is in English, and is a basic resource. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

(Venezuela) Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

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Recommended because it is the Venezuelan embassy website where general information is posted about history, economy, and culture. There is a phone number to call in case people are interested in using their environmental videos for educational or research purposes. The number is (202)342-6848 and 6847 (cultural department of the Venezuelan embassy). Be ready to read a lot of Spanish. But a lot of the site is in English too. Start by looking at the “Venezuela for Kids”. The “Culture” link is particularly good as a general reference (and a separate evaluation is listed above). Reviewed by Carmen Chacon and Tim Dove, July 2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

(Venezuela) Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (Texas)

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Recommended because of its socioeconomic, political, and demographic statistical indicators of Venezuela. Start by selecting the blue links for more detailed analysis. Be aware of the fact that the information is well organized, extensive, and in paragraph form–it is not provided with graphs or charts. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

(Venezuela) Petroleum World (Texas)

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Recommended because this website archives news accounts (positive, of course) of the petroleum world, charts current jobs available in the industry, and has links to the large oil producers (including OPEC). Everything you wanted to know from one point of view! A great source students rarely have access for use in comparative analysis. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

(Venezuela) U.S. Department of State: Venezuela (Texas)

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Recommended because this site offers an encyclopedic overview of the country. It describes historical, social, economic, and political conditions, defense information, trade relations, and travel information. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

(Venezuela) Venezuela: Country Briefs (Texas)

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Recommended because this site contains general social, economic, environmental, and political background information on Venezuela. More space is given to describing the importance of their oil production than the dealing with the environmental degradation the country currently faces, but what countries choose to discuss and ignore is a good topic for class discussion. The site also has several useful links. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

A Caribbean Folktale (1997)

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Recommended because it is a site providing traditional folktale about a cockroach. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Moreton, D. Turtle Books.

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A Fire in My Hands: A Book of Poems (1990)

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Recommended because it provides poems about growing up, family, friendships, and first love drawn from a background of growing up Mexican-American in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. A question-and-answer section about poetry is included. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University.

Citation: Soto, Gary New York: Scholastic

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A Life Like Mine

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A Life Like Mine tells the story of how children live around the world through four themes:  survival, development, protection, participation.  Excellent images and text suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Truly has a global perspective. Includes many visuals and maps.

Is is published by UNICEF.

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A View from the Mangrove.

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Recommended because this is a masterful collection of short stories by a celebrated Cuban writer. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Benitez-Rojo, A. (1998). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

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AIDS in Latin America

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Recommended because it is an informative article about the leadership and use of technology to fight AIDS in Brazil. Reviewed by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

Amazon Watch (Texas)

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Recommended because its overall information of how South America is being developed by “mega projects”… be sure to select “Amazon Watch Programs” from the lead page and then “mega projects”. Be sure to click on the small map that appears to see what is planned for the continent. Be aware of the fact that each project has a link with general information. The site also has ideas of how to get involved. Navigation is all internal to the site. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Americas’ video series: Builders of Images (1993, 60 minutes)

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Recommended because Builder of Images explores the arts throughout the Americas, celebrating the extraordinary creative ferment that has attracted global acclaim and given rise to a distinct and increasingly influential Latin American and Caribbean artistic voice. Latin American Cultural Identity (Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina). Kansas.

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Argentina (1990)

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Recommended because this 20 minute video examines the geography, customs, and cultural heritage of Argentina, the second-largest nation in Latin America. Discusses in detail the three periods of Argentinean government, including the leadership of Juan Peron. It explains that one-third of the country’s population lives in the capital city of Buenos Aires and shows the arctic life of the southern Argentinean coast, including Patagonia. Grades 6-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Argentina (2001)

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Recommended because this 32 page book is a part of the “Faces and Places” series. It describes the history, geography, people, and customs of the South American country, Argentina. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Stevens, Kathryn. Chanhassen, MN: Child’s World ($25.95) ISBN/ISSN: 1567667120

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Argentine New Song: The Evolution of Protest Music (1989)

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Recommended because this Audio cassette is appropriate for students in grades 9-12. Tulane University.

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Argentinean Consulate (Texas)

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Recommended because this site supplies travel information to Argentina from the Consulate located in Washington, D.C. Like all the consulate travel information, this site describes road conditions, aviation safety, medical facilities, and criminal statistics. Be aware of the date of the most recent isting your are examining. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Art and Music from Around the World

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Recommended because it includes arts from Haiti and Cuba. Upper elementary grades. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Billings, M. (1993) North Billerica, MA: Curriculum Associates

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Artchive

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Recommended because it is an online repository of world art with a feature on Frida Kahlo. The site links to the work of artists, gives brief biographies of artists, and links to other artist-related resources. It may be best to start with the alphabetical listing of artists in order to search for Latin American and Caribbean artists. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02/Andre J. Patterson, 06/2002; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai (1992)

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Recommended because this 28 minute film examines the plight of the Waiapi Indians, an indigenous tribe from northern Brazil, who are struggling to protect their lands from government takeover for mining purposes. Follows Chief Wai-Wai on a four-day trip to Brasilia to discuss territorial boundaries with the Brazilian Indian Agency and other government officials. Shows how native tribes are (mis)treated by the Brazilian government. This film is Closed Captioned. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Baseball in April and Other Stories (1990)

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Recommended because youth and age, love and friendship, success and failure are the themes of these 11 short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Mexican-American young people growing up in Fresno, California. Glossary of Spanish words and phrases included. Recommended for grades 7-8. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University.

Citation: Soto, Gary San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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Becoming Better Partners: Mexico, Canada, and the United States (1998, Slides)

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Recommended because this site provides perspectives on North America; Politics and Geography; Economics; Latino/Chicano Issues Duke/ University of North Carolina. Recommended for grades 9-12. Library has two copies. University of Arizona.

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Benedita da Silva (1991)

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Recommended because it is a profile of the first black woman ever to be elected city councillor and member of the Brazilian Parliament from the favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. Born and raised in the favelas, Benedita worked for twenty-five years as a domestic servant before beginning her public life in 1982, when she won a post as city councillor and was elected a federal MP in 1986. She now devotes her efforts to fighting the racism and discrimination faced by Rio’s slum dwellers.

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Benitez-Rojo, A. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press Masterful collection of short stories by a celebrated Cuban writer.

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Recommended because when Luz, a ninth-grade Chicana student in San Antonio, Texas, wins a spelling competition, her success triggers a variety of emotions among friends, family, and the broader community. Multiple points of view and recurring metaphors add to the richness and complexity of a story that can be read either as a single narrative or as a collection of short stories. Recommended for grades 8-10. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Hernandez, Jo Ann Yolanda. White Bread Competition (1997)Houston: Pioata Books.

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Border Eco Web (Environment)

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Recommended because the Border Eco Web page is designed to facilitate public access to environmental information for the U.S.-Mexican border region. It has loads of information, some of probably too technical for younger students, on the ecological problems spanning the border. This site is for high school students who are motivated to read the information in governmental reports. Many reports are in Spanish/English. What made the site more accessible was its organization by environmental issue (listed below): air water solid and hazardous waste pollution prevention natural resources GIS/spatial data projects legislation/policy/regulations socioeconomic data environmental health environmental education environmental justice watershed management grants sustainable development contingency planning and emergency response cooperative enforcement and compliance. Be aware of the “Directory”. It can help you with contacts for your students. This site is also available in Spanish. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003. San Diego State University.

Brazil (1990)

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Recommended because this 20 minute film explores the resources, agriculture, industry, and people of Brazil, South America’s largest country. Explains that, although Brazil is a tropical nation, it is becoming one of the most industrially developed nations on the continent. It investigates the many serious problems this rapid industrialization is causing, including pollution and destruction of the large Amazon rain forest. Provides an in-depth view of the lifestyles and heritage of the Brazilian people. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Brazil (2000)

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Recommended because this 128 page book has illustrations and maps that helps examine the land, people, and history of Brazil and discusses its current state of affairs and place in the world today. It is part of the “Modern nations of the World” series. The book includes bibliographical references and index. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Corona, Laurel. San Diego : Lucent Books ($27.45)ISBN/ISSN: 1560066210

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Brazil (2002)

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Recommended because this 48 page book is a part of the “Changing face of…” series. It presents the natural environment and resources, people and culture, and business and economy of Brazil, focusing on change and including first-hand commentary by the country’s citizens. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Parker, Edward. Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn ($28.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0739849654

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Brazilian Consulate (Texas)

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Recommended because this site supplies travel information to Brazil from the Consulate located in Washington, D. C. Like all the consulate travel information, this site describes road conditions, aviation safety, medical facilities, and criminal statistics. Be aware of the fact that it is updated periodically. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Breaking Through (2001)

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Recommended because this 195 page book is about a fourteen-year-old Francisco Jimenez and his family who leave Mexico and arrive at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sisters not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Jim Houghton Mifflin Company ($15.00)ISBN/ISSN: 0618011730

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Buried Onions (1997)

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Recommended because when 19-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself in an economically depressed inner-city environment offering few attainable or safe alternatives. Fresno is plagued by the same underemployment and racism that characterize many of the places where Latinos live in the U.S. Eddie works very hard to find a way to end this cycle and make his way differently. As he struggles to survive, it becomes clear that none of the choices available will open real possibilities for his development and satisfaction. Recommended for grades 9-12. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University.

Citation: Soto, Gary. New York: Harcourt Brace.

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Capital Sins (1993, 60 minutes) (Economics & Development).

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Recommended because this is Americas series — Part II. It looks at the impact of economic development on ordinary people in the Americas. Set in Brazil, it examines the stubborn hold of poverty and economic stagnation in the region and their human and environmental costs. Kansas.

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Caribbean Canvas (1994)

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Recommended because it is a collection of poems and proverbs by West Indian writers. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Lessac, F. New York: Lippincott.

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Caribbean Carnival: Song of West Indies, Volume 1 (1992)

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Recommended because it is a vibrant collection of 13 original songs from the West Indies. Recommended for grades K-8. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Burgie, I. New York: Tambourine Books.

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Caribbean Dream (1998)

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Recommended because it is a read-aloud book capturing the mood of an island and the spirit of children. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Isadora, R. Publishing Group.

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Carlos and the Cornfield/Carlos y La Milpa de Maiz (1995)

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Recommended because it is inspired by Latin American folk tales and murals, this story tells of a young boy’s lesson in personal responsibility as he plants and tends his cornfield. The book is bilingual and includes recipes. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Stevens, Jan Romero. Illustrated by Jeanne Arnold Flagstaff: Northland Publishing

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Castro Speech Data Base (Texas)

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Recommended because this site provides a database of Castro’s speeches since the 1950s. You can browse by headline topic, year, or source. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

Center for International Policy

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Recommended because this site is the most comprehensive source of information on US aid to Colombia and the Colombian peace process. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement (1996) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because this four-part series (60 minutes) covers the United Farm Workers Union and Cesar Chavez. Kansas.

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Chieftains of the Mexican Revolution (Nebraska)

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Recommended because this site contains a lot of text information about the leaders of the struggle for Mexican Independence. Pictures are provided of many of the leaders with jump links to text about them and their efforts. Some of the leadership featured includes: Ignacio Allenda, Vicente Guerro, Juan Bautista Las Casas, Miguel Hildalgo, Jose Morelos, Manuel Mier y Teran, Xavier Mina, and Antonio Santa Anna with links and extensive information on each. Reviewed by Tim Dove, July 2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Children of the World (1990)

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Recommended because each book in this series traces the daily life of a child living in a particular country, in urban and rural settings. Covers countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Stevens, G. Milwaukee: G. Stevens Publishing

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Chile (1990)

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Recommended because this 20 minute film is a part of the “South America Today series”. The video examines the geography, customs, and cultural heritage of Chile. It explores Santiago, Chile’s largest city and capital, as well as Chile’s primary resources and their importance to the economy. The film also reviews the various economic, political, and historical changes that have occurred, including Salvador Allende’s efforts towards industrialization and Augusto Pinochet’s leadership. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington. Be aware of the fact that this is a dated film, but it could be a great springboard to evaluate the message of the film and what we now know about Chile and the Allende/ Pinochet history. Tim Dove Aug. 2004

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Colombian Consulate in the United States (Texas)

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Recommended because its concise information including customs regulations, travel to Colombia with dual nationality, traffic information, and health care facilities. Be aware that this site is published by the U.S. State Department with the safety of its citizens as a number one concern, and that the crimes discussed may be similar to events in large U.S. cities. Students should be made aware of that, so as to not view Colombia in a negative light. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Colonial Mexican Society (1988, slides).

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Recommended because it introduceds mini-history of colonial Mexican Society; Tulane University.

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Columbus Didn’t Discover Us; Native People’s Perspectives on the Columbus Quincentennial (1992, 24 minutes)

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Recommended because Turning Tide Productions in association with the Confederation of Indian Nations of Ecuador, National Organization of Indian People in Colombia, and South and Meso American Information Center provide a moving testimony of the impact of the Columbus legacy on the lives of indigenous peoples from across the hemisphere. Native people speak about the devastation of their cultures resulting from the “European invasion,” contemporary struggles over land and human rights, the importance of reviving spiritual traditions, and the need to alert the world to the environmental crises threatening the survival of the planet.

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Columbus on Trial (18 minutes)

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Recommended because it is a film by Lourdes Portillo. A provocative political satire, Columbus on Trial features Culture Clash and commemorates “500 Years of Resistance.” This dynamic video matches complex visual construction with verbal and physical comedy. A collage of images act as background to a constant stream of word play and gags that defeat all pontificators. At last people’s desire to laugh at history’s carnivalesque horrors has been granted free reign.

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Columbus: Beyond the Myth: Curriculum Educational Guide for the Study of the Encounter of Two Worlds (for Secondary and Junior College Levels).

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Recommended because this teacher’s guide provides extensive written-translated accounts and historical materials of the “encounter” (such as a letter written by Hernando Cortes). It also provides ready-made classroom activities designed to introduce and sensitize students to different “points of view” on the conquest.

Citation: Pancrazio, James (1992). Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois, Kansas

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Conquistadors with Michael Wood (2001)

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Recommended because This 240-minute/2-pack video documentary examine the Spanish conquest of the New world and explores the adventures of conquistadors–Cortes, Pizzarro, Orellana, and Cabeza de Vaca. The video documentary supplements Wood’s book Conquistadors and the PBS online learning adventure. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson (from PBS.org website), 06/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

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Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (1994)

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Recommended because it is about thirty-seven poems in English and Spanish by contemporary Latino/a writers. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University.

Citation: Carlson, Lori M. (Editor) New York: Henry Holt and Company.

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Corn is Maize: The Gift of the Indians (1986)

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Recommended because this book describes how ancient peoples of North America discovered and used corn, and how it later became an important food worldwide. It includes good diagrams and cheerful pictures. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Aliki. New York: Harper Collins.

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Costa Rica: The Land and its People (1998, 25 minutes) (Environment)

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Recommended because it provides wide-ranging view of the Costa Rican people, their origins, customs, and aspirations. The film is an open window on the immeasurable biological richness, the culture, the government, and the political and social life in the only country in the world that has no army. Kansas.

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Cuba (Video, 25 minutes).

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Recommended because Cuba offers an interesting blend of Spanish culture and modern political history of this emerging Hispanic country. Today Havana is a burgeoning metropolis. This video is ideal for teaching students about a nation which will be at the center of Latin American politics in coming years. Teaching guide available. Kansas.

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Cuba and the United States: Troubled Neighbors

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Recommended because it traces the history of relations between Cuba and the United States from the revolutionary war to the present. Illustrated. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Dolan, E., Jr., and Scariano, M. (1987). New York: Franklin Watts.

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Cuba Heritage. Com (Texas)

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Recommended because this site gives you a database of articles, illustrations and photographs of Cuban historical events, places, people, buildings & architecture, literature, music & dance, art, vehicles and sport from the Pre-Columbian to the Special Period. Be aware of the fact that the website is not completely developed but there are many images and descriptions which are helpful in understanding the people of Cuba. Don’t forget that floating menu on the left. Putting your cursor on it opens it (to the right) and there are other options which might interest you. Reviewed by Tim Dove July 2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Cuba Mapa (Texas)

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Recommended because this site provides detailed maps of Cuba.Don?t forget that floating menu on the left. Putting your cursor on it opens it (to the right) and there are other options which might interest you. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Cuba Project Center for International Policy

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Recommended because this site is the most comprehensive source of information on US aid to Cuba. This site also questions US foreign Policy with Cuba. Reviewed by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

Cuban Posters (Cornell)

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Recommended because it is a site with 33 posters from Cuba with links to each with a brief description. Many countries around the world have used posters as an important art form in gaining insight of current social issues and an inexpensive way to share points of view. This site has some classic examples of such posters from Cuba 1962-1970. This might be a good site to discuss (with upper elementary students) elements of design and used as an introduction to create the students’ own artwork. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Cubanet (Michigan)

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Recommended because this site has daily news reports from freelance journalists in Cuba (also available in Spanish). Cubanet describes itself as “a non partisan and non-profit organization that fosters free press in Cuba, assists its independent sector develop a civil society and informs the world about Cuba’s reality.” Lesson suggestion: For a three-way comparison of information, have students look at the triad of Cuba sites from University of Michigan. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Dark Songs: Slave House and Synagogue Poems (1996)

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Recommended because it is a poet’s reminder of the long history of the Caribbean. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Lieberman, L. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.

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Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. (1996).

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Recommended because deadly embrace of the video’s title refers to the post-Sandinista government’s acceptance of the structural adjustment policies of the World Bank and IMF, which have devastated Nicaragua’s economy at least from the standpoint of the vast majority of the people. According to the video, unemployment has rocketed to 60%, credit to small farmers has been slashed, public school teachers work in deteriorating conditions for $60 to $70 a month, and public programs of all kinds have been eliminated. Meanwhile, free trade zones welcome transnational corporations who pay pennies an hour to desperate workers.
Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Desaparecidos

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Recommended because this site discusses “the vanished” from the wars in Argentina. Students will be able to put a human face on the kidnappings and murders that occurred during the corrupt military government. It is not for the faint of heart, as information includes descriptive testimony from those who were tortured and survived, emotional descriptions of people whose loved ones disappeared in the 1970s and 1980s, ongoing appeals to help find people or information about people who are still missing, a list of the dead, and extensive descriptions about the men who carried out these atrocities (the list of oppressors mentioned in testimony is horrendously long). Historical background is also given, and an additional resource list is provided for those who would like to learn more. Be aware of the fact that the information is also available in Spanish. Even if you do not use this site in class, you can be aware of the recent events in Argentina and why they occurred. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Destination Barbados (1997)

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Recommended because this video, which documents one of the oldest cultural festivals in the Western Hemisphere, celebrates the vitality of calypso music today on the island of Barbados. It features some of the island?s leading performers, discusses the origins of calypso music and its blending of Caribbean and African influences, traces the history of Barbados, and displays the colorful and spectacular costumes which transform individual celebrants into walking parade floats. Directed by Ola Balogun, in color, 29 minutes. LANIC.

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Diego Rivera virtual museum (Texas)

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Recommended because Diego Rivera (1886-l957) was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This is the premier site describing Rivera’s life and art. It has additional links to 30 paintings, 33 murals, magazine articles in Spanish and English, video footage from 6 films, virtual tours of three sites, an extensive chronology of his life, additional online links, and books and posters for sale. Be aware of the fact that the site is in Spanish and English, so bilingual students will appreciate the ability to practice their languages. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

East of the Andes (1990)

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Recommended because a part of the South American Series, this 18 minute film compares and contrasts the resources, agriculture, industry, and people of Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It points out that all have a similar Spanish heritage and their most important industry is raising livestock. It also shows that Argentina, the largest of the three nations, ranges from the cold Antarctic to the subtropical border of Brazil, whereas the two small nations of Paraguay and Uruguay act as a “buffer” between Argentina and Brazil. The video explores the great pampas grassland, which covers much of Paraguay and Uruguay, and the gauchos who live there. Grades 4-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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El Otro Francisco (1974) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because directed by Sergio Giral (100 minutes, Feature), this film is based on the 19th century novel Francisco by Anselmo Su

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Electronic Outreach re Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

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Many U.S. Title VI Centers for International and Area Studies are developing electronic databases for teachers. Scroll down this page to find several exciting new resources on Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

Elvia: The Fight for Land and Liberty (1988, 27 minutes) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because it tells the dramatic story of the landless poor in Honduras through the life of a brave 49-year old grandmother and peasant organizer. The impact of U.S. military intervention on the peasants is also explored in this revealing documentary. Kansas.

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Esperanza Rising (2000)

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Recommended because this 262 page book was a Pura Belpr

Citation: Ryan, Pam Munoz. New York : Scholastic Press ($4.99 )ISBN/ISSN: 043912042X

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Ethnologue country index — Languages of the World

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Recommended because it lists all languages for each country with very detailed explanation, including the languages which are not commonly spoke and almost extinct. Start by the World , which provides an overall picturee. Be aware of the “more information” link for each language. This function will take viewer to more details about the langauge as well as its speakers.

Extraordinary Hispanic Americans (1991)

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Recommended because this book, reorganized chronologically, profiles the lives of Hispanics who helped shape the history of the United States, from fifteenth-century explorers to twentieth-century writers, entertainers, and politicians. Recommended for grades 6-8. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University.

Citation: Sinnott, Susan. Chicago: Children’s Press.

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Fall of the Aztec and Maya Empires (2002)

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Recommended because it explores the rise and fall of ancient Mesoamerican cultures and civilizations (i.e., Aztecs, Maya, Olmecs, Zapotecs, and Toltecs). The video also traces Spanish conquest of the Aztecs and Mayans. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 06/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

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Famous people of Mexico (2003)

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Recommended because this 64 page book is part of the “Our southern neighbor Mexico” series. It profiles notable Mexican leaders, conquerors, soldiers, revolutionaries, politicians, intellectuals, artists, writers, and women.. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Carew-Miller, Anna. Philadelphia, PA: Mason Crest Publishers ($19.95)ISBN/ISSN: 1590840763

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Favelas (1989)

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Recommended because this film, directed by Chico Teixeira (color, 50 minutes), takes viewers into the heart of the Brazilian favelas, the slums that spread uncontrollably through Sao Paulo, Brazil’s wealthiest industrial center. The social reality of this cruel habitat is examined by those who dwell there and by artists, philosophers, educators and sociologists. “…portrays the sadness and hopelessness of life in the favelas…could be used as a starting point for discussions on social responsibility and the economic problems of the disadvantaged.” — Video Rating Guide for Libraries”…sensitive…highly recommended.”–Library Journal Be aware of the fact that the video with Portuguese dialogue and English subtitles. LANIC

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Favelas (Economics & Development)

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Recommended because it takes viewers into the heart of the Brazilian favelas, the slums that spread uncontrollably through Sao Paulo, Brazil’s wealthiest industrial center. The social reality of this cruel habitat is examined by those who dwell there and by artists, philosophers, educators and sociologists. Directed by Chico Teixeira,1989, color, 50 mins., video Portuguese dialog with English subtitles. LANIC*** “… portrays the sadness and hopelessness of life in the favelas … could be used as a starting point for discussions on social responsibility and the economic problems of the disadvantaged.” — Video Rating Guide for Libraries “…sensitive … highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

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Festejemos! (1992)

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Recommended because it is a calendar of holidays, festivals, and commemorative events. All ages. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Ascheri, G. East Lansing: Michigan State University, Center for Latin and Caribbean Studies.

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Flowers for Guadalupe (1995) (Women)

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Recommended because this film explores the importance of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. Twenty- three women speak out, in traditional testimonial format. The documentary follow an all-women’s pilgrimage from Queretaro state through several arduous but joyful days as it weaves its way through difficult terrain, harsh weather and congested streets to the Virgin’s shrine in Mexico City. Be aware of the fact that it is in Spanish with English subtitles. Be aware that this video is rather sophisticated, and that students should have knowledge of women’s issues in a third world country in order to fully engage in the information. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/1/02. Not from a Title VI site.

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FolkCuba.com (Texas)

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Recommended because FolkCuba explores Afro-Cuban art, religion and history. Included are pictures and text regarding Osha-Ifa books, altar objects and replicas, paintings, handcrafts, sculptures, drums and other ceremonial objects. Be aware of the fact it is a bilingual page, great for Spanish teachers. Be aware that the links are not well established, and that if you click “back,” you may be taken to a previously visited site not associated with FolkCuba. If this occurs, click “forward” and you will be taken back to the FolkCuba home page. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Food for the Ancestors (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a site that could introduce Days of the Dead, Art, and the use of Food to begin to understand some of the traditions of Mexican life. Food for the Ancestors is a culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead, Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life that still exist there. All of these seen through Mexican cuisine. Be aware of the fact that this is a PBS site with a video available to support the lessons. Make sure to check out the Middle School (actually for grades 5&6) lessons : Discovering the Foods of Mexico. The high school lesson “extensions” (further down the page) are worth reviewing for ideas to “regear” for younger audiences as well. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Foreign Agricultural Service Online: North American Free Trade Agreement (Economics & Development)

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Recommended because this informative fact sheet details NAFTA from the perspective of the United States Department of Agriculture. Specific information includes: benefits to U.S. Agriculture, the elimination of specific NAFTA trade barriers, protection for import-sensitive crops, key NAFTA provisions, and rules of origin for agriculture. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002.

Free Cuba Foundation (Michigan)

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Recommended because this site offers the viewpoint that “life is not as rosy as the government makes it out to be.” Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Frida Kahlo (1983)

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Recommended because produced by Hershon, Eila; Guerra, Roberto; & Von Bonin, Wibke, this video on the life of Frida Kahlo is not recommended because of its graphic sexual nature, potentially inappropriate for secondary students. Topics covered in this video are Kahlo?s childhood interest in painting, an accident at the age of 18 that left an indelible mark on her paintings, her two tumultuous marriages to Diego Rivera, marital infidelities, and her many unsuccessful attempts to bear children. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 10/2001.

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Gloria Estefan (1995)

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Recommended because it describes the success story of the talented Cuban singer and songwriter. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Gonzales, D. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers.

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Grupo Radio Centro (Texas)

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Recommended because this site delivers live audio feed from Mexico City. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003. Be aware of the fact that this site is Spanish only.

Guide to Latin Music (U Chicago)

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Recommended because it provides an overview of different genres of music from South and Central America. The best attribute of the page is to give the reader a crash course of different styles of music found in the Latin World. Be aware of the fact this site has many links for reference to purchase the music, however this list can give you a direction of how to find recordings for purchase at other sources. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

H-net (Texas)

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Recommended because H-LatAm is an international forum for the scholarly discussion of Latin American History. It is a member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative and affiliated with the Conference On Latin American History (CLAH). H-LatAm encourages scholars to discuss current research, teaching interests, and new approaches, methods, and tools of historiography. Of special interest are methods of teaching history to graduate and undergraduate students in diverse settings. H-LatAm publishes syllabi, outlines, handouts, bibliographies, listings of new sources, library catalogs and archives, and computer related information where relevant. The site also announces conferences, calls for papers, fellowships, and employment opportunities. H-LatAm also commissions and publishes book reviews of works relevant to the field as a part of the H-Net Book Review Project. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Haiti: Killing the Dream

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Recommended because the event-filled history of this Caribbean island is thoroughly documented in this video (58 mins. 1994), starting with the slave revolt that gave Haiti its independence from French colonial masters. The story continues into contemporary times, with footage and interviews that reveal such disparate phases as the 1915 occupation by the U.S. marines, the rule of Papa Doc Duvalier, and finally the current dispute over the rule of President Aristide. Kansas.

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Havana Nagila: The Jews in Cuba (1995, Video, 57 minutes)

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Recommended because in English and rich in archival material and Cuban ambiance, with interviews that present a side of Cuba never seen before, the film reveals some forgotten Jewish history and examines aspects of Cuban politics and culture through the experiences of Jews in both pre-and post-Revolutionary Cuba. It notes some of the contributions of Jews to Cuba as a nation, and explores the persistence of Jewish values – both secular and religious- in the lives of these people, particularly under the current political and economic difficulties. The film also documents the impact of the U.S. trade embargo and Soviet collapse. Finally, it allows the Cuban Jews to make their own case for the strengthening of the existing historical and cultural ties between Cubans and Americans. Kansas.

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Hell to Pay (1988) (Economics & Development)

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Recommended because of being a straight forward documentary on women’s economic issues in Bolivia. Hell to Pay is a moving and politically sophisticated analysis of the international debt-situation through the eyes of the women of Bolivia, one of the poorest countries of Latin America. Although most affected by government austerity programs, peasant women are assumed not to understand the workings of international capital and foreign policy. Hell to Pay poignantly contradicts such assumptions as teachers, textile workers and miners’ wives speak vividly and with great comprehension of the causes of the debt-crisis and the burden they are forced to bear. Be aware of the fact this video is “sophisticated,” and that students should have knowledge about the International Monetary Fund’s policies. Availability: the video is available for check out through the Lord Hall Resource Center on the OSU campus. It is can also be purchased for $295.00 through the Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese Collections at the OSU Library. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/30/2002.

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Human Rights Watch (Texas)

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Recommended because this is a very detailed index of topic relating to human rights abuses in Cuba. It is a technical, academically oriented report. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Human Rights Watch: columbiawar.org (Texas)

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Recommended because it covers all kinds of issues regarding Colombia. If you are looking for primary source documentation to pour over to draw your own conclusions this site is expansive and thorough regarding the American point of view. Reviewed by Tim Dove Feb 2003; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Imperialism.

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Recommended because this 44-minute video explores the divisions between industrialized nations (former imperialist nations) and underdeveloped nations (former colonies). The video documents in three parts: (1) the history of Spanish rule in Latin America; (2) chronicles the involvement of the British in India; (3) describes the motives behind the colonization of Africa, focusing on the origins of apartheid. The video comes with a supplemental guide. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 06/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

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In Search of History: Lost City of the Incas (2000)

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Recommended because it explores the legend of Machu Pichhu, the ancient city of the Incas which is high in the Andes Mountains. The video also explores the process of uncovering the historical and anthropological/archaeological secrets of Machu Picchu. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 06/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

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In Women’s Hands (1993, 60 minutes) (Women)

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Recommended because it examines the remarkable changes made by women of the Americas in the last quarter century, as they organized to create better living conditions for themselves and their families. Kansas.

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Inca Dances (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides video clips of four authentic Inca dances. Be aware of the fact that the different files take a while to load but then you can play the clip over and over. The clips run for 16 to 25 seconds each. There is music playing simultaneously. This would be a fun activity for students to try. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Inter-American Development Bank

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Recommended because it provides information on AIDS in Brazil. Referred by Cathy Rakowski. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Internet in Argentina (Pittsburgh)

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Recommended because this site is useful for obtaining current information (IN SPANISH only) about Argentina. The University of Buenos Aires site also provides information about the computer science department as well as links to the sites of other departments and programs affiliated with the University. There are also links to sites that offer information about other servers within and sites about Argentina in addition to information about the structure and use of the Internet in Argentina. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Lanfanmi Selavi

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Recommended because filmed at a center for street children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, founded in 1986 by former President Aristide, this video interviews five young children. They discuss how they were orphaned or abandoned by their parents, their struggles living on the streets, and how they came to the center, which means “Family is Life.” These interviews, plus commentary from the center’s teachers and Aristide himself, reveal the difficulties of life in a small country affected by colonization, poverty, military rule, and a global economy.LANIC

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Las Mujeres (Women)

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Recommended because it provides information on a feature of Latin American women, featuring many talented musicians and artists. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003. NCSS.

Latin American Visual Art Today

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Recommended because this slide selection consists of contemporary Latin American art. A 46 page Pre-Collegiate Curriculum Unit for grades six through twelve covering the slides and artists in detail.

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Life and Death in Ancient Mexico (Texas)

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Recommended because this site is made up of 25 pages with pictures and descriptions discussing Life and Death in Ancient Mexico and understanding human sacrifice. The first page describes The Spanish Conquistadors, brutal men themselves, were appalled by the bloody human sacrifices of the Aztecs. Rightfully so. The Maya, and the Olmec before them, had equally gruesome rites. Can we hope to understand?? Reviewed by Tim Dove July, 2002;updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Life and Debt. (2001).

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Recommended because this may be the best video overview of the effects of globalization on one society in this instance, Jamaica. Life and Debt focuses on the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Jamaica, but it’s much more than that. It weaves together interviews with the IMF deputy director, farmers, workers, scholars, a former Prime Minister (Michael Manley); a narration based on Jamaica Kincaids A Small Place (see p. 54); Jamaican music; life in a tourist hotel; and a kind of Greek chorus of Rastafarian men who comment on Jamaica’s neocolonial plight. The conclusion: Jamaican society has been devastated by high interest payments on its external debt (52% of the entire national budget), cheap imports (potatoes, peanuts, carrots, milk powder, chicken), the WTO ruling forcing Jamaica’s bananas into direct competition with much cheaper bananas from Central and South America, and exploitative practices in Jamaica’s World Bank pushed free zone. (Of course, there are some economic winners: Because of high crime, one security firm featured has gone from 120 guards employed to between 1800 and 1900 guards and over 300 dogs.) It’s this relatively comprehensive video walk through Jamaica’s economy that can help students see the relationship between farm conditions and sweatshops, and provides a partial answer to the sweatshop defense: Well, no one is forcing people to go to work in these places.
Review from Rethinking Schools/Rethinking Globalization Resources Page, 07/2002.

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Living Traditions: Mexican Popular Arts

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Recommended because Living Traditions includes essays and photographs of popular Mexican art.

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Local News. San Diego (1993)

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Recommended because it is a collection of 13 short stories about the everyday lives of Mexican-American youth in California’s Central Valley. Glossary of Spanish words and phrases included. Recommended for Grades 6-7. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, Indiana University.

Citation: Soto, Gary. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

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Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy (1987, 58 minutes)

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Recommended because in a career that spanned 50 years, Cuban bandleader Frank “Machito” Grillo embodied Latin Jazz, influencing several generations of musicians and contributing to a cultural explosion on the international music scene. Machito, a prize winning documentary (1989 Festival Latino, 1988 San Juan Film Festival), weaves together vintage film clips and recordings, Hollywood production numbers, and one-of-a-kind street performances from 1920s Cuba to contemporary New York. Sensational shows at such hot spots as the Cotton Club highlight the golden era of Latin Jazz in the 40s and 50s. Kansas

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Magic Tales of Mexico (Michigan)

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Recommended because it is a delightful collection of nine folk tales from the people of southwest Texas and northern Mexico. Start by reading the heartfelt introduction. The stories have a magical flair to them and each has a link at the bottom of the lead page. Each story is titled with a neat symbol of traditional artwork and the text is presented in side by side columns of Spanish and English. Be aware of the fact that at the conclusion of each short story there are interesting notes and side bars discussing certain similarities of this story with others around the world. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Maquila: A Tale of Two Mexicos (2000)

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Recommended because directed by Saul Landau and Sonia Angulo (color, 55 minutes), this video examines the impact of corporate globalization on Mexico, focusing on the maquiladoras, U.S.-owned factories employing cheap Mexican labor. Archival footage and interviews provide historical background to the present crisis, involving the displacement of peasant farmers who migrate to northern border cities such as Juarez and Tiajuana, where they endure dangerous working conditions in the maquilas for starvation wages. The film also reveals other aspects of the present crisis, including the environmental disasters generated by these factories, their unsafe environment, which has resulted in an unsolved series of brutal rapes and murders of young women employees, and violent rural confrontations between the Mexican Army and Mayan peasant farmers as part of the government’s efforts to suppress the Zapatista rebellion. The video features interviews with workers, factory managers, government officials, army officers, indigenous peasants and economists. LANIC.

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Maria’s Story (1990) (Women)

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Recommended because Maria’s Story is an intimate portrait of a thirty- nine-year old mother of three who is a leader in the guerrilla movement in El Salvador. Short and stocky, with ready wit and common sense, Maria Serrano is a down-to-earth woman whose passion for social justice dominates her life. Maria represents a growing number of Latin American women on the forefront of social change. The filmmakers spent seven weeks in Maria’s temporary camp, under mortar fire and helicopter surveillance, to capture the story of the human side of this war. Be aware of the fact that this video is subtitled in English, is rather sophisticated, and that students should have knowledge of women’s issues in a third world country in order to fully engage in the information. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/1/02.

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Maria-Brazil

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Recommended because this site provides viewers with many links to sites with popular dances, festivals, the history of music in Brazil, musicians, arts and crafts, and reviews. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Maya Culture — Traditional Storyteller’s Tales (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides wonderful folk tales and graphics to share with children. These animal stories are from Tales and Legends of the Q’anjob’al Maya (Yax:Te’ Press, copyright 1995; reprinted here with permission). This collection is 41 tales, fables, myths and legends of the Q’anjob’al-speaking people of the Cuchumat’n Mountains of Guatemala. There are animal stories, strange encounters with Lords of the Hill, tales of deceit and wonder, and origin legends. Start by scrolling down on the opening page and selcet a story link. Navigation is organized by linking to the stories by type… Check it out! Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Men with guns (Hombres en armas) (1997)

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Recommended because oblivious to the political realities of his country, the main character of this drama, Dr. Fuentes, believes the students he trained to work as doctors in the country’s poorest villages will preserve his legacy. Against the advice of friends and family and nearing retirement, he decides to visit some of his students working in the countryside. However, some of his students have “disappeared” and no one in the village will answer any of his questions. Dr. Fuentes’ concern leads him on a mission to find out the truth despite the danger of guerrillas and the government soldiers patrolling the area. Be aware that this video does not pertain to any particular country, so is applicable to many nations where a tension exists between the government and peasants who are fighting for their rights. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

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Mexican Center of Research for Development (New Mexico)

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Recommended because of its extensive economic and political information on Mexico. The Center of Research for Development is an independent, not-for-profit institution devoted to the multidisciplinary study and prospective interpretation of Mexico’s reality, and to the proposal of viable alternatives related to the country’s medium and long term development, in order to contribute to shaping public opinion, and to provide analysis for the processes of decision making in society at large Other information includes publications on the Congress, fiscal policy, energy reform, foreign policy, recent elections results, NAFTA information, and weekly news updates. Be aware that the site can be accessed in English and Spanish. When accessing the English sites (on the left of the page), let your cursor rest on a link. Notice the additional links that will “branch off.” Be sure to click on these secondary links to be connected to an English site (if you do not, you may be linked to a Spanish site). Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003. Be aware of the fact that Be aware that the site can be accessed in English and Spanish. It is an internal link so select which language when you first visit the lead page. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

Mexican Consulate (Texas)

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Recommended because of its concise information regarding “all things Mexico.” How is the government set up? What taxis are safe to travel in? How should a tourist safely use an ATM? Other information includes customs regulations, travel to Mexico with dual nationality, traffic information, and health care facilities. Be aware of the fact that this site is published by the U.S. State Department with the safety of its citizens as a number one concern, and that the crimes discussed may be similar to events in large U.S. cities. Students should be made aware of that, so as to not view Mexico in a negative light. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Mexican Popular Customs (1993)

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Recommended because produced by Alfonso Olvera, May Herz, Victor Quiroga (Huntsville, TX) and written and directed by May Herz, this 24-minute video is a matter-of-fact way of presenting Mexican culture. Mexicans have a very special way of seeing the world and themselves, a unique sense of humor and a deep- rooted sense of tradition. They are an artistic and passionate culture. They don?t let time run their lives. Family and community are very important values. Learn about the most characteristic and curious aspects of Mexican culture. Information includes personal space, religion, the importance of family, machismo, and the concept of time. Be aware of the fact that this video is also available in Spanish. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002. Kansas.

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Mexican Portraits (1993)

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Recommended because this 96 page book is a part of the “Images across the ages” series. It presents biographical sketches of Nezahualcoyotl, Moctezume II, Malinche, Juan Diego, Diego de la Cruz, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Father Miguel Hidalgo, Benito Juarez, Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahol, and Amalia Hernandez. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

Citation: Hoobler, Dorothy. Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn ($24.95)ISBN/ISSN: 0811463761

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Mexican Yellow Pages (Texas)

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Recommended because this site is good for Spanish speaking students who are curious to see the comparisons between cultures. People need to know where to go to complete their daily needs, such as know where to have their film processed, hold their wedding reception or find a plumber.This site works just as if you were electronically using the Yellow Pages. Be aware of the fact that this site is only in Spanish. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Aug 2004.

Mexican-American Heritage (1997)

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Recommended because this 25 minute video is a part of the “American cultures for children video series”. Hosted by Phylicia Rashad, this film helps children learn about the history, geography, and culture of Mexico; count to ten and say a few words in Spanish; tour the Olvera Street market in Los Angeles; make a yarn painting; see an animated folktale; and sing a Mexican folk song. This film is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Grades K-4. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan. 2003.

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Mirrors of the Heart. Americas Video series

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Recommended because this film is about race and identity. Explores shifting ethnic and racial definitions in the region, looking at Bolivia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Kansas.

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Music from the Caribbean Region (Indiana)

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Recommended because it’s a stream connection to MIT’s radio WMBR. Looking for Caribbean music de Jam Session (Sunday from 2-4pm) or Brazilian style music (Sunday noon-2pm), you might want to check out this site. WMBR 88.1fm is a student and community volunteer station which broadcasts from the campus of M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA. They reach the greater metropolitan Boston area and offer an eclectic mix of world music specialty shows including African, Cape Verdean, reggae, calypso and world beat. Be aware of the fact that Windows users will use WINAmp and Apple Users can use iTunes through an Mp3 format. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

NAFTA Secretariat (Economics & Development)

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Recommended because the NAFTA Secretariat is the dispute settlement body for NAFTA. The site contains the extensive and detailed trade agreement (describing the trade agreement’s conclusions on clothing to cars to telecommunications), and the steps required to resolve a trade dispute. It also contains contact information in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and each country’s reports on the status of NAFTA. While this site is technical, come students may find its economic and diplomatic information interesting. Be aware of the fact that it is accessible in English, Spanish, or French on this opening page. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

National Geographic’s Lost Kingdoms of the Maya (1993).

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Recommended because it explores Maya culture and civilization from the perspective that the Mayan Empire was a cosmopolitan center of art and science. Archaeologists, historians, and epigraphers try to reconstruct Mayan history, culture, and civilization. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 06/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts (Women)

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Recommended because it features on Frida Kahlo. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003. NCSS.

Notable Hispanic American Women (1993)

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Recommended because it provides short biographies of famous Hispanic American women. Grades 9-12. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. Global Education Resources, U-Indiana.

Citation: Telgen, Diane (Editor). Detroit: Gale Press.

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Palenque Project (Texas)

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Recommended because this site is the official website of The Group of the Cross Project, a current archaeological project at Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. This site is intended to keep the scholarly community and the general public informed of the work which we are privileged to perform at this Classic Maya site. It is a very well designed site and could easily be used by 7-12th grade students. The Update link will take you to the latest news about our operations. Be aware of watching the quicktime films at the bottom of the page. These could start some good discussions about historical site recovery and research. Also the Report leads to a summary of the work so far from 1997 to the present. Reviewed by Tim Dove July 2002;updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (Texas)

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Recommended because of its socioeconomic, political, and demographic statistical indicators of Argentina. Be aware of the fact of that the information is well organized, extensive, and in paragraph form and lists. The information is rarely shared in graphs or charts. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

People and Their Culture (1990)

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Recommended because in this 21 minute film it discusses the mixture of races, customs, traditions, and religions in South America. The video also introduces a variety of people, and shows how they are affecting, and being affected by, their resources, agriculture, industry, and urban or rural life. Grades 4-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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People of Corn: A Mayan Story (1995).

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Recommended because this Mayan creation myth tells how the first people were made of corn. Its beautiful pictures are patterned on ancient Mayan designs. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Gerson, Mary-Joan. Illustrated by Carla Golembe. Boston: Little, Brown and Company.

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People of the Caribbean Island (1991)

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Recommended because this 18 minute film presents an overview of the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean Island chain. Despite the substantial ethnic, linguistic, and geographic diversity in over two thousand miles, there is a cultural similarity also. The video also portrays a culture with a strong sense of family, a belief in hard work and strong morals. Grades 6-12. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Raul Julia: Actor and Humanitarian (1997)

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Recommended because it explores the life of the extraordinary Puerto Rican film and stage actor who fought for humanitarian and social causes. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Cruz, B.C. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers.

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Rigoberta Menchu: Broken Silence (1994) (Economics & Development) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because this video is recommended for students who are deeply interested in the living conditions of women in Latin America. This tape features interviews with Rigoberta Mench

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Rivera: Portrait of an Artist (1986, 35 minutes)

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Recommended because Diego Rivera, Mexico’s greatest muralist and the leader of the Mexican Renaissance Movement, revolutionized art when he infused social messages in dramatic, wildly colorful paintings. Includes teaching kit.

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Road of No Return: The Banishment of Maria de las Mercedes Barbudo (1997) (Women)

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Recommended because directed by Sonia Fritz (color), this short drama portrays the efforts of a young woman photographer to uncover the fragmentary and little-known history of an early nineteenth-century Puerto Rican feminist and political activist who was deported for her nationalist beliefs by the Spanish colonial government of the era. As the historical drama unfolds-and is revealed to involve repression on the grounds of both gender and political beliefs-it is juxtaposed to events in more recent Puerto Rican history. LANIC.

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Road Well Traveled: Three Generations of Cuban American Women (1988)

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Recommended because it tells the intriguing stories of women who emigrated from Cuba to the United States and their determination in the face of difficulties. Recommended for grades 9 to college.

Citation: Satterfield, Doran J. and C. Stade. Newton, MA: WEEA Publishing Center.

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Romero (1989) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because this is a MUST SEE for students studying Latin America. It is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador (played by Raul Julia), who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against the injustice and oppression in his country. Ultimately he is assassinted in 1980 at the hands of the military junta. Film guide are available for this film through the Kansas Title VI site. Film guides include background information about the social, cultural, and political environment necessary to understand the film. Also included are sample lesson plans which can assist in classroom use of the video in both language and social science classes. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/1/02. Kansas.

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Ruben Blades: Salsa Singer and Social Activist (1997)

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Recommended because it traces the life of the talented performer, social activist, and politician. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 3/8/02. NCSS webpage.

Citation: Cruz, B.C. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers.

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Sacred Earth (1996, color, 54 minutes) (Human Rights)

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Recommended because directed by Mary Ellen Davis, the film reveals the plight of landless peasants in Guatemala, where property ownership is restricted to a small percentage of the nation’s wealthiest citizens. Most peasants, including the indigenous Indian peoples, own no land, and are brutally exploited by agricultural developers. During the last few decades, the Guatemalan army has massacred thousands of peasants, forcing thousands of others to become refugees. While protesting these injustices and human rights violations, Guatemala’s dispossessed peoples are also shown continuing to celebrate life through their music, dance and religious ceremonies. LANIC.

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Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities (60 minutes)

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Recommended because its highlights include performances, interviews, and recording sessions with such stars as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Ruben Blades, Charlie Palmieri, Ray Baretto and many more. Kansas.

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School of Assassins (18 minutes) (Human Rights) (Economics & Development)

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Recommended because narrated by Susan Sarandon, this film is a 1995 Academy Award Nominee. Do you know that the US taxpayers foot the bill for a school on US soil which has graduated some of the worst human rights violators in the hemisphere? Since it was established in 1946, the US Army School of the Americas has trained thousands of Latin American soldiers. Using rarely seen footage, the program shows how officers who studied at the school are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people. This award-winning video has sold over 10.000 copies. Kansas.

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School of the Americas: An Insider Speaks Out (1998, 16 minutes) (Human Rights) (Economics & Development)

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Recommended because narrated by Major Joseph Blair, US Army, this film is a production of Veterans for Peace. For the first time, an insider speaks about the School of the Americas. A twenty-year veteran with two tours of duty in Vietnam believes that the SOA should be “torn down like the Berlin Wall.” Blair states that the SOA no longer serves democratic ends and is a training ground for oppression. “We routinely had students who were known human rights abusers, and it didn’t make a difference to us,” recounts Major Blair in this compelling video. Kansas.

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