Monthly Archives: December 2011

Do You Know Greenland?

  Capital Nuuk (Godthåb) Size 57 million people/836,000 sq. miles Land 81% ice Economy Fishing industry (90% of exports) Ethnic Groups 88% Inuit, 12% European (mostly Danish) Languages Greenlandic, Danish, Inuit (Kalaallisut) Religion 85% Christian (Luthern) Other Info Least densely … Continue reading

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African-Influenced Winter Holidays

Kwanzaa (Dec. 26­–Jan. 1) Beginnings Kwanzaa is a U.S. celebration honoring African-American heritage and culture. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” meaning first fruits of the harvest. The holiday was started in 1966 by Maulana … Continue reading

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Do You Know the Central Asian Republics?

The five Central Asian republics are surrounded by China, Russia, Iran, and Afghanistan. Together, they comprise 1½ million square miles, 51 million people, and over 100 ethnic groups–the largest being Uzbeks. Following are specifics on each of the five: Kazakhstan … Continue reading

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Dreamtime

The Dreaming, Altjeringa, “all-at-once-time”‘ or “time before time” is the Australian Aboriginal concept for explaining life. It provides the stories for how the universe and humans came into being, how and why things happen, and how humans should behave (and … Continue reading

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