What’s in a Trunk?

large red trunk


The translated and transcribed interviews with students are used as the core of booklets that describe the students’ day-to-day lives in their own words. (The first booklet is Kids In Oaxaca.) The booklets are filled out with maps, informational sidebars, and dozens of pictures. A laminated copy of the booklet is available in each trunk. Digital versions are available on the Red Trunk Project website.


Introductory Video
A short video will serve as the introduction to the location and the children featured inside the trunk. This video will be played just prior to the trunk being opened for the first time, to get everyone excited about the contents. It will be available on the Red Trunk Project website.

Also available on the Red Trunk Project website.


Arts and Crafts Examples of folk arts and crafts, which include small pieces of pottery, jewelry, religious iconography, small sculptures.

Toys and Games Dolls, toys, unique playground games, board games, and sporting equipment.

Music A small instrument or two.
Cooking ingredients Herbs and spices unique to the area, so the children can smell something they’ve likely never smelled before. Bowls, jars, cooking utensils.

Food Typical grocery items: different sorts of grain, beans, candy bars. Emphasis on unusual versions of the usual.

Currency One of each denomination of coin and paper money.

Flags The national flag.

Clothes A few items of traditional children’s clothing, male and female.

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends

– Maya Angelou

African-American Poet, Civil Rights Leader, National Women’s Hall of Fame