Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Around the World With the Hat Family Series

"Highly Recommended. This series compares cultural differences in a way that is both lively and interesting." -NAMTC/NMM Review
"Highly Recommended This is an excellent series, which is packed with information about countries and cultures all around the world." -CITC Review
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1. Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece

1. Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece

Here we join the Hat Family on their first three stops of a year-long educational journey around the world. They learn that modern day Bolivia is strongly influenced by its Incan heritage, and that almost one-half of Bolivia's inhabitants still speak the ancestral Incan language known as Quechua. Viewers participate in the Andes Mountain traditional Alacitas Fair, called the Festival of Ekeko (the god of abundance), filling Ekeko's knapsack with miniature gifts in hopes that they themselves will be blessed with similar "presents" throughout the year. The Hat Family then junkets to the ethnically diverse Caribbean island country of Trinidad and Tobago, where they dress in colorful purple flower costumes and exotic masks, drink cocoa, listen to steel drums, and dance in the streets in an ancient celebration intended to ensure a bountiful harvest. The Hat Family then leaps several thousand miles to the 437-island nation of Greece, the world's first democracy and the "Cradle of Western Civilization." Strumming their bouzouki lutes while dressed in ancestral foustanella shepherd's garb, the Hat Family twins revel in the handkerchief dance, celebrating Greece's Independence Day and realizing that freedom and peace are revered by all of the world's citizens. 98/11DE PI 15 min.

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