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CultureGrams — New Kids Country: French Polynesia

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of French Polynesia

Flag of French Polynesia

The new French Polynesia report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about French Polynesia:

  • The English word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word tatau. Tattoos are considered signs of beauty in Polynesian culture.
  • Many Tahitians have a box outside their homes (similar to a mailbox) for daily bread delivery.
  • Va’a is a traditional sport in which people race pirogues (canoes) between islands.
  • French Polynesia is an overseas country of France, meaning it is self-governing but remains under greater French rule.

Find out about popular the traditional Heiva Festival, read about common French Polynesian foods, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Equatorial Guinea

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

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Flag of Equatorial Guinea

The new Equatorial Guinea report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some interesting Did You Knows about Equatorial Guinea:

  • In the Fang culture, many pregnant women take herbal baths to protect themselves from evil spirits.
  • Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa with Spanish as an official language.
  • When Portuguese explorers first found the island of Bioko, they named it Formosa, which means “beautiful.”
  • The islands of Bioko and Annobón are actually located closer to other countries like Cameroon and São Tomé and Príncipe than they are to Equatorial Guinea’s mainland.

Find out about popular foods and snacks in Equatorial Guinea, read about Bonko Dancers, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams: New Interviews Added!

Interviews Gallery

Over the past month, CultureGrams has added 8 new Interviews! And there are even more coming soon! The 8 we added are

These interviews by country natives are not only interesting and fun to read, but they also give students insider knowledge into what life and culture in the country are really like.

Here’s an example from the Thailand interview, in which Saichai, age 51, talks about general Thai attitudes and how she feels about being Thai:

Saichai, ThailandI’m proud of being Thai. I like the way of life here, the way people usually deal with each other, and that everyone tries to be easy going. Of course, that’s not always possible, and there are many problems as well, but it’s the way people deal with that. Sometimes people complain that many things go wrong in this country, but isn’t that the case in every country of the world? Our culture is also a lot about accepting the circumstances and not letting them get you down. Because the only thing that will happen is that you feel bad about things you cannot change anyway. I have never been abroad, but when I see foreigners who come to Thailand, I feel that sometimes they worry too much about little things.

Find more interviews from countries all over the world in the CultureGrams Interviews gallery!

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Niue

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Flag of Niue via CultureGrams

Flag of Niue via CultureGrams

The new Niue (pronounced “new-eh”) report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Niue:

  • A popular name for Niue is Rock of Polynesia.
  • There are no rivers or streams on Niue.
  • One traditional Niuean myth tells the story of the island being created when it was fished out of the sea with a hook by the Polynesian god Maui.
  • Coconut cream is an important ingredient in traditional Niuean cooking.

 

Find out about cooking in an underground oven, read about the traditional Niuean takalo (war dances), and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Faroe Islands

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Faroe Islands Kids Edition Report

Faroe Islands Kids Edition Report

The new Faroe Islands report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about the Faroe Islands:

  • There are around 10 times as many puffins as there are people in the Faroe Islands.
  • There are only three traffic lights in the Faroe Islands.
  • Many Faroese homes have traditional grass rooftops, which are safer than bricks in a storm.
  • None of the trees in the Faroe Islands are native to the islands. They have all been imported (brought from other countries) from Alaska and Tierra del Fuego.

Find out about the tradtional Faroese food skerpikjøt, read about the favorite holiday Shrove Monday, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Gabon

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Gabon Kids Edition Report

Gabon Kids Edition Report

The new Gabon report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Gabon:

  • Gabon’s national motto in French is Union, Travail, Justice (“Unity, Work, Justice”).
  • Traditional storytelling, which is often sung and accompanied by instruments, is a common art form today.
  • The name Gabon is thought to have come from the Portuguese word for cloak, gabao, which was used by explorers to describe the shape of the Komo River.
  • About 80 percent of Africa’s gorilla population lives in Gabon.

Find out about favorite fried snacks, read about popular kid games, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Maldives

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Maldives Kids Edition Report

Maldives Kids Edition Report

The new Maldives report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Maldives:

  • Maldives is the lowest and flattest country in the world, with an average elevation of just 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level.
  • Cowry shells were used as a form of money in Maldives during medieval times. Today, they are often pictured on Maldivian coins.
  • Some of the islands in Maldives are so small they actually disappear and reappear with the ocean tides.
  • Many Maldivians believe in the supernatural, including dhevi, or spirits who live in the sea, sky, trees, and rain. Some dhevi are good, but most are bad.

Find out about favorite Maldivian short eats (snacks), read about the religious festivals the Eids, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

CultureGrams: Now with Google Drive Integration

CultureGrams is excited to announce the addition of brand new feature to our site, Google Drive integration! CultureGrams users can now export any text from the World, Kids, States, and Provinces Editions directly to their Google Drives. This important new functionality allows students and teachers to more easily integrate CultureGrams content into their daily cloud-based workflow. Curious to see how it works? Check out the demo video below to see how you can start saving your favorite cultural reports, recipes, famous people, and interviews to your Google Drive. Enjoy!

CultureGrams — New Kids Country: Micronesia

The CultureGrams editors are excited to announce a new Kids edition country report!

Micronesia Kids Edition Report

Micronesia Kids Edition Report

The new Micronesia report includes detailed information on the history, culture, language, food, and daily life of this country.

Here are some fascinating Did You Knows about Micronesia:

  • Micronesia is made up of 607 islands. Its name comes from the Greek words for “tiny islands.”
  • Micronesia is located on the southern edge of the typhoon (tropical cyclone) belt—an area that experiences many typhoons each year, particularly from June to December.
  • Micronesians can live in the United States without a visa (document allowing a person to enter and stay in a country) because of a special treaty between the two countries’ governments.
  • Zorries (rubber or plastic flip-flops) are common footwear on all the islands.

Find out about a typical school day in Micronesia, read about feasts and funeral traditions, and discover what life is like as a kid, all in this colorful new report.

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