1. Ancient Artwork of the Andes

Source: Nature

Examine giant representations of a monkey, a spider and other wildlife that were etched in the earth by residents of the Andes roughly 1500 years ago.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies, The Arts

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Art History.

Resource Type: Video

2. Mexico in the shadow of its own history

Source: The U.S. - Mexican War

Learn about the culture and character of Mexico before the war, still shadowed by Spain's religion, architecture and artwork. Listen to how a woman of the time describes how the Mexican people seem content to live in the past.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. United States History: 1801-1861.

Resource Type: Video

3. Panama - The Last Medicine Woman: The secret life of plants

Source: Frontline / World

Explore the traditions of a Kuna Indian medicine woman who uses plants to heal. Learn about a high-tech Smithsonian laboratory where scientists are testing plants for cancer-fighting chemical properties and examine the debate over globalization.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Disease. Medicine. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Sociology.

Resource Type: Video

4. The Culture

Source: PBS 45 & 49: Ama-zone! The Rain Forest Project

Examine the joys and hardships in the lives of the native peoples of the Amazon. Explore how mining has changed the lives of these people.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Geography.

Resource Type: Video

5. The Gold Rush: Who got left behind?

Source: The U.S. - Mexican War

Learn how the discovery of gold after the war in the newly-acquired territory of California sparked a wave of westward migration. Consider how Mexicans and Indians who had lived there for generations felt about the newcomers and how they were treated.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Cultural Studies: Native American Studies. United States History: 1801-1861.

Resource Type: Video

6. Two nations' identities: Looking forward and looking back

Source: The U.S. - Mexican War

Explore the national identities of the U.S. and Mexico, and discover how those identities are based on the peoples' background, culture and world view. Consider how these identities and outlooks affect the past, present and future of the nations.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Social Studies

Topics: Anthropology/Cultures. Cultural Studies: Latino American/Chicano Studies. Geography.

Resource Type: Video