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The "Mixtec Cultural Discovery Box" is a collection of fifteen items of realia and ancillary instructional activities. It has two versions:
Developed by ISTEP and the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University, the box was created to present the rich and proud heritage of the Mixtec, one of Mexico's sixty-four distinct indigenous peoples, and to help dispel the erroneous perception of Mexico as a single, homogeneous culture. It was first made available for check out and use in San Diego classrooms in Fall 2004.
There are now four distinct "hard" version Cultural Discovery Boxes:
These continue to be available for check out to San Diego County educators through either:
Online or Virtual Version
In Fall 2007 we celebrated the launch of a virtual version of the Mixtec Discovery Box. Now educators everywhere can access the materials on demand. The virtual box is housed on a "moodle" hosted by the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University.
The moodle version attempts to replicate the learning through hands-on investigation approach of the actual Mixtec box and its artifacts. Once the moodle has loaded on the computer, the page displays a map of Mexico and the word "Introduction" surrounded by a circle of fifteen icons. Each icon is a photo of one of the Discovery Box's fifteen artifacts.
To view the pages,Quicktime must be installed on the computer. Quicktime can be downloaded for free.
In an instructional context, students can work independently or in small groups, with each group responsible for investigating one of the objects.
The Kumeyaay, also known as Tipai-Ipai, Kamia, or formerly Diegueño, are Native American people of the extreme southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. They live in the states of California in the US and Baja California in Mexico. In Spanish, the name is commonly spelled Kumiai.
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