WFU anthropology museum offers summer camp for kids

Children will explore the cultures of Africa in “Africa is a Continent: Not One Country” at the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology summer camps.

Camps meet the weeks of June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Participants will learn about the beliefs and practices of African peoples. Activities will include listening to African music and making thumb pianos (“mbira”), creating mud cloth (“bogolanfini”) similar to that made by people of Mali and CÙte d’Ivoire, learning about Asante currency and oral tradition by making copies of gold weights, and exploring the role of dolls in different African cultures.

In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “Transformations: African Masks from the Museum of Anthropology Collection,” campers will learn about the roles of African masquerade and masking traditions in various African cultures and make their own masks.

Camps take place weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and are for students who have completed grades 1 – 5. Camp fees, $65 (community) and $60 (museum members), include supplies and daily snacks. On the Friday of each camp week, campers will present what they have learned during the week in a program for parents.

For more information or to register, call 336-758-5282 or e-mail: moa@nullwfu.edu. Applications are also available on the museum’s Web site: http://www.wfu.edu/MOA.

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