Red Trunk Project

sample Oaxaca trunk

Here are a few of the items that might be included in a Red Trunk from Oaxaca, Mexico. You'll also find some some ethnography about the items, as well as a few sample lessons and alignment with the New York City and Common Core Curriculum standards.

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed

MY LIFE BOOKS

Oaxacan children tell the stories of their lives in their own words (translated from Spanish or an indigenous language and lightly edited) about many aspects of their lives: how they live, learn, and play. The children’s books are complemented with pictures, informational sidebars, maps, and illustrations added by Red Trunk Project educators.

CULTURAL ARTIFACTS

Molinillo

A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) The craft of creating a molinillo.
2) How chocolate is grown.
3) How chocolate is made.

HUIPIL, WOMAN’S BLOUSE/DRESS

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) The meanings of different designs.

2) How the dresses are made, and where they are worn.

METATE

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) How a metate is made from lava stone.

2) How a metate is used for different recipes.

SPICES TO MAKE A MOLE

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) Showing where all the spices come from.

BASKETRY

Support materials:

Reeds for practice weaving

Mini Docs:
1) How to weave a basket.

2) How baskets are used.

POTTERY

Support materials:

OFRENDA, ALTAR FOR DAY OF THE DEAD

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) Footage from a Day of the Dead celebration.

MEXICAN CURRENCY

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) How is money, both paper and coin, made?

2) What is the purpose of having a national currency?

3) What part of the government is responsible for making currency and controlling its production?

MEXICAN FLAG

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) History of the flag

JERSEY FROM ALEBRIJES DE OAXACA EQUIPO DE FÚTBOL

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) History of futbol in Mexico

FLAUTAS

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) How the flautas are made. Where they are played.

ethnography

RIBBONS and BOWS for HAIR and BRAIDS

Support materials:

Mini Docs:
1) Seeing all kinds of different braids and hairstyles, and how they’re relevant.
2) A tutorial video on how to braid hair.

ethnography

ADDITIONAL TUTORIAL VIDEOS & MINI DOCUMENTARIES

Spanish language. A few fun, friendly, practical words and phrases the kids can learn.

Oaxacan dance. Kids will learn a few steps of a dance.

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed
A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Red Trunk Project

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed

A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed
A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Red Trunk Project

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed
A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Red Trunk Project

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed
A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Red Trunk Project®

Red Trunk Project

Here’s how a sample Oaxaca Red Trunk is packed
A molinillo, chunks of chocolate, and cinnamon sticks