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African Folktales in the Trickster Tradition


Learn about trickster tales and the origin of Anansi the Spider through this hands-on interactive lesson in which the students help retell the book Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermont through pictures and movement. Then watch the African folktale Anansi and Sister Mud Turtle come to life with our shadow puppet show performed by Center staff accompanied by Nigerian drumming and narration! Students then compare “food cousins” from West Africa and the U.S. The workshop culminates with a hands-on-activity where students make their very own Anansi puppet.

Puppet: Anansi Shadow Puppet

Program Length: 45 Minutes

Digital Learning Director
Sara Burmenko
Sara started her career at the Center in 2000, after receiving her degree in Education. Her first position was in the Education department, where she was able to combine her passion for the arts, as well as her love for teaching. Throughout her time at the Center, Sara took on many different roles, settling in the Digital Learning Department. In 2016, she became the department’s director and has continued to expand its award-winning programming. Digital Learning is currently in all 50 states and 9 countries.

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