For Educators

Traveling the Silk Road helps students explore commerce, communication, and cultural exchange. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students. 

Educators Guide and Materials


More Resources For Educators

Use these free online resources to further explore themes presented in the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition.

Silk Road Fables

Silk Road Fables

As merchants, missionaries, and other travelers made their way between the cities of Asia, they told stories. See three of the tales that traveled the Silk Road. 

Sounds of the Silk Road

Sounds of the Silk Road

Because travelers along the Silk Road often spoke different languages, music was a good way from them to communicate. Sample some of the music they shared.

Make Your Own Paper

Make Your Own Paper

Today we take paper for granted, but it was once a treasured item. Discover this ancient secret by making your own paper using everyday items! 

Meet the OLogist: Laurel Kendall

Meet the OLogist: Laurel Kendall

Whether curating an exhibit about mythic creatures or studying the history and languages of Japan and China, Laurel Kendall’s work focuses on cultural anthropology. Learn more about what she studies. 

Asian Ethnography

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Asian Ethnography

The Museum's holdings in Asian ethnology make up the finest collection in the Western hemisphere. A large part of the collection was made by early anthropologists, who gathered extraordinarily detailed documentation. The collection is comprehensive and includes virtually all object types made of every conceivable material. The objects in this collection span an immense range of diversity of cultures: form semi-sedentary agriculturalists in the rain forests of Malaysia, to Bedouin nomads, and to the peasants and poets, philosophers and statesmen of India and China, the world's oldest enduring civilizations. 

Additional Resources: Collection Database | Curatorial Research