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0 December 7, 2000
Volume 31 Number 8
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Museum of Anthropology Presents International Drumming Exhibit

California State University, Chico's Museum of Anthropology will open its "Drumming in the New Millennium: Building Bridges Across Cultures" exhibition on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The museum, located on the 3rd floor of Langdon Hall on Warner and First Streets, offers exhibits free to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm Drumming in the New Millennium will be on display until May 5, 2001.

Drums from Africa, Egypt, India, North America, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Rim will be displayed. Some of the drums are on loan from the San Diego Museum of Man, and some are from the university's private collection.

CSU, Chico graduate student Patricia Leslie is currently working on a year-long program of cultural enrichment events to supplement the exhibition. The program will begin in the spring and feature lectures and demonstrations from those cultures represented in the exhibit.

On March 10, 2001, Tim Witter of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael will give a demonstration of the North Indian tabla. The tabla is a combination of one wood and one metal drum, which is often played in union with a melodic instrument such as the sitar. It will be played by Tim White, also from Ali Akbar College.

Other possible demonstrations include harvest ceremony drumming by Huichol Indian shamans, Hawaiian percussion as used in the ancient hula, West African, modern jazz and rock drumming as well as workshops for kids to learn how to make and play drums.

"It's an opportunity for students to come and learn about other cultures and to promote tolerance and understanding of cultural differences," said anthropology professor Stacy Schaefer, director of the Museum of Anthropology. "What more fun way to learn about cultures than through art and music?"

Aly Wood, museum curator, is currently working on a K-12 program called "Museum in a Box" designed to educate students who may not be able to travel to the exhibit. The traveling exhibit will bring authentic handmade drums as well as suggestions for lesson plans and related children's books to Northern California classrooms.

This exhibition is part of the Building Bridges program, a year-long series of events designed to increase tolerance and respect on campus and within the Chico community.

Ann Walker

 

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