culture

The Hidden Americans Abroad

Last week I received news that one of my most respected high school teachers had died in Lahore Pakistan after a long and successful career of inspiring young minds to achieve excellence in Mathematics and Computer Science. Contrary to what ...

Understanding Identity and Kyrgyz Cultural Values Through Food

In Kyrgyzstan, food culture offers insight into Kyrgyz cultural values which impact the way identity and religious identity are perceived. (Photo: Toby A. Cox) Food is not just something we eat to enjoy and to give us nourishment; it is ...

Through the Mountain Pass

I’m sitting in a shared taxi en route to Talas, the region to the west of Bishkek. The sun is descending and night is falling. The inside of the taxi is dark – the only light coming from the small ...

Chasing Away Winter with Slovenia’s Mythical Kurenti

Even during the busy carnival season, if you walk alone through Ptuj you can find some quiet stone street and think you’re the only person in town. But then you’ll hear it: the not-so-distant clanging of bells around ...

Older Slovaks Hold On to Fading Traditions in Serbia

Marka never throws any wool away in case she needs to repair something later. I consider this, and wonder how many scraps she’s held on to after a lifetime of knitting. Marka Kukučka is 81 years old and belongs ...

Spadefoot Toad and Other Weird State Symbols

By Kate Horowitz The bald eagle. The Lincoln Memorial. The Stars and Stripes. Symbols matter in the United States. But regional pride is important, too, and every state in the union has its own heritage to celebrate—sometimes in odd ...

Traditional Skills to Confront Tomorrow’s Challenges

When I first arrived in Yap, an island in the western Pacific Ocean set between Palau and Guam, I thought I knew what to expect: The natural beauty…check. The friendly people…check The blanket of humidity that envelops you ...

This Friday the 13th, Bone Up on Animal Superstitions

  When you listen to Stevie Wonder sing, you can’t have a bad day … even if it is Friday the 13th. And Stevie’s right … superstition ain’t the way. Yet we attach supernatural powers to all kinds of ...

This Friday the 13th, Bone Up on Animal Superstitions

  When you listen to Stevie Wonder sing, you can’t have a bad day … even if it is Friday the 13th. And Stevie’s right … superstition ain’t the way. Yet we attach supernatural powers to all kinds of ...

San Style: Dancing in Botswana

You never know what you’ll encounter in your travels.  During my time reporting on Cheetah Conservation Botswana’s work, I headed to the town of Ghanzi to get supplies and run a few errands with CCB’s camp manager. ...