Past 6-8 Programs and Offerings Folder

Anthropology: Boards, Cards and Dice (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016

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While video and computer games are barely a half-century old, physical games with boards, cards and dice go back not hundreds, but thousands of years. Played everywhere humans can be found, they have facilitated human interaction across and within cultures. The study of games can teach us about human behavior, history and migration while, at the same time, illustrating the practice of museum anthropological research. In this new museum program,

Anthropology: Boards, Cards, and Dice (A:BCD), you will observe and play games from around the world and throughout history while developing observational and analytical skills from anthropology. A:BCD is being developed and co-taught by Alex de Voogt, an AMNH researcher and assistant curator of African Ethnology with a research expertise in the dispersal of board games. The program will delve into de Voogt’s personal collection of games from around the world, game play videos from his research, games in the Museum’s cultural halls, and more.

By the end of this five day institute, you will be able to understand the relationship between games, cultural contact and practices as well as the methods used within Museum Anthropology to study players and their materials. The class will include an introduction to museum anthropological research and methods featuring hands-on activities, hall visits, and behind-the-scenes tours. Get ready for a whole new way of looking at boards, cards and dice!

Grades 6, 7, and 8

July 11-15
9 am–4 pm | $550 ($525 Members)