Creativity, Play, and Childhood Across Cultures

People grow up differently in different times and places, adapting to changes in their societies and the world around them. We learn from each new generation of children in our own communities, and we can also learn from children in other communities.

Amanda Minks, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma, shared her research on Miskitu indigenous children in Nicaragua—play, songs, and creative multilingualism—and helped us consider what their voices teach us.

The presentation was oriented to an elementary and middle school aged audience, but younger children and people of all ages attended. A traditional song and game at the end of the presentation was well received.

As a service project, we are currently working with Norman public schools to tutor English language learners in need of support.  

This lecture is part of Norman Cultural Connection’s Compassion Around the World lecture series and was made possible with support from the Chickasaw Nation.