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Holidays Symbols and Customs
Available to members of Thrall. "People everywhere gather to celebrate different types of holidays and festivals, which reflect the history and identity of people of all cultures. This edition of Holiday Symbols and Customs provides an introduction to the many ways in which people celebrate and find meaning in these traditions."
Multicultural Databases
Available to members of Thrall. Titles include: Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture, Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, Encyclopedia of World Biography, and many more.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Available to members of Thrall. This five-volume online encyclopedia "covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa."
See also our Biography, Music, and Religion databases.
Web Resources
Cultures - General Information
"A searchable database of anthropological texts." Multilingual.
Anthropology Resources on the Internet
Topics include: Anthropologists; Archaeology Resources; Biological/Physiclal Anthropology; Ethnography; General Resources; Listservs and Discussion Groups; Online Journals and Libraries; Museums; News and Media; Organizations and Institutes; and Visual Anthropology. From the American Anthropological Association.
Anthropology and Archaeology News
Cultural Anthropology Tutorials
Topics include: Cultures around the world, Economic Systems, Ethnicity and Race, Glossary of Terms, Human Culture, Kinship, Language and Culture, Marriage , Medical Anthropology, Patterns of Subsistence, Political Organization, Process of Socialization, Religion, Social Control, Social Organization. Also includes a glossary of anthropological terms. From Palomar College.
Culture and Traditions Channel
"Cultures and Traditions takes a look at how people interact with each other. This might be through sub-cultures, relationships, fads or religion and spirituality." Includes subcultures. From How Stuff Works.
The Cultures and History of the Americas
From the Library of Congress.
FamlySearch: Heritage
Topics range from traditional foods, meanings of names, and national holidays to holiday traditions and more.
Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources
From the Library of Congress.
Google Arts and Culture (formerly Google Cultural Institute)
"We have created this site to provide a visually rich and interactive online experience for telling cultural stories in new ways. Discover exhibits by expert curators, find artifacts, view photographs, read original manuscripts, watch videos, and more. " From Google and partners.
Latino Cultures in the United States
"Discover the contributions and experiences of Latinos in the United States." "It includes important Latinos in news and entertainment, the story of iconic New York institution Ballet Hispanico, Puerto Rican baseball players like Roberto Clemente Walker (who also served as a U.S. Marine) and the Dream 9, a group of undocumented young people who changed history."
Multicultural and International Information Databases
The Web Cultures Web Archive
"The Web Cultures Web Archive includes sites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the Web. The mission of the American Folklife Center is to document traditional cultural forms and practices, and the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and wireless Internet connections has positioned networked communication as a space where people increasingly develop and share folklore. This collection, co-curated with scholars who study digital culture, captures a set of websites that document elements of the various digital vernaculars enabled through networked and computer-mediated communication. These sites comprise a wide range of everyday communication enacted by communities to create a shared sense of the world: reaction GIFs, image macros and memes; online communities that have established, shaped and disseminated communication tropes and themes; sites that document, establish and/or define vernacular language, such as Leet and Lolspeak, or icon-based communications, such as emoji; sites connected to DIY (do it yourself) movements of crafting and making; sites focused on documentation, development, proliferation, distribution and discussion of digital 'urban legends' and lore, such as Creepypasta; and sites that focus on the development and dissemination of vernacular creative forms, such as fan fiction. The Web Cultures Web Archive offers a representative sampling of the collective cultural creation and self-documentation characterizing vernacular spaces on the World Wide Web, and, like many of those spaces, is in process. The American Folklife Center will continue to add to these collections, developing archival holdings that reflect the dynamic nature of the Web itself." From the Library of Congress.

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