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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Storytelling in Ritual and Performance in Bali

Balinese stories are continually told and retold. Tales such as the Ramayana are mainly spread through storytelling, shadow plays, masked dance, chants, and other theatrical genres. Learn more.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Artful Storytelling (lesson)

Objective: Students gain an appreciation and understanding of art and culture, and build language skills by reading; developing scripts; making choices about gesture, voice, and expression; and performing traditional stories alongside art objects in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries.

Duration: One class period over the course of 1 week

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Why the Moon Waxes and Wanes

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Roopa Mohan tells a tale about the Hindu deity Ganesha with the use of an artwork in the museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

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Winning Without Hands

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Jeff Byers, tells the legend of Bokuden, a famous samurai.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

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The Rituals of the Hajj

Lesson on the individual rituals performed by Muslim pilgrims during the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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The Magic Paintbrush

Leta Bushyhead, Asian Art Museum Storyteller, tells a Chinese folktale inspired by objects in the museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

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Nine Cloud Dream

Digitized from VHS, this video re-tells a popular Korean folktale using a painted Korean screen from the collection of the Asian Art Museum.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond