Learning about stories of WWII

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Tuskegee Airmen

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Arts and Cultures

Raman Sandhu

Mr. Nagra

Socaisl 11

October 24, 2017

Arts and Culture

In pairs select three of the video clips from the following site and write a paragraph explaining the cultural significance of the art presented in each. You may need to do additional research on the topic presented.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/

 

Video #1: What Makes This Canadian Train So Special?

This video talks about the Canadian passenger train which goes all the way back to the 1930s. This train is a very important part of the Canadian culture and many people come from many different parts of Canada to ride this train. In the 1930s to 1950s, The Canadian was popular and unique streamline design and basically, everyone wanted to ride it. The train made transportation much easier which made it a popular mean of transportation which led to more trade as well. Being able to communicate and trade with other cultures helped the economy thrive. Furthermore, being on a train full of people from different parts of Canada, helped Canadians come together and brought Canada closer together. This led to an advance in Canadian identity. Moreover, since the train is still running today makes it even more special. Therefore, making small replicas of this train is culturally significant for Canadians since it gives them a small keepsake of this popular and important train which reminds them of their country and how it thrived over the years because of this train.

 

Video #2: Jackie Kennedy Was the Undisputed Style Icon of her Era

Jackie Kennedy always portrayed herself as a perfect young woman with a happy lifestyle despite having a troubled childhood and having problems in her marriage. She did not let that come in the way of her image as the first lady. Once Jackie Kennedy arrived at the white house, she began redecorating it by bringing back paintings and furniture from the past. She wanted the house to contain history in it. This helped bring a sense of nationalism in the White House. She expressed her political passion through this furniture and art. By bringing all these artifacts from the past, she showed her national pride to all the Americans. She wanted to show everyone the American history and its accomplishments using these artifacts and furniture.

 

Video #3: Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art

Hitler loved art so, in the 1930s he began collecting art. By the end of the war, he collected 8500 paintings. They were art collects on an industrial scale. So whenever they liked something, they just took it. Hitler even paid for the paintings he wanted, there was no direct proof of him stealing any paintings. They hid their art in a sealed salt mine. This is culturally significant for the Europeans because the art could be used as primary evidence to learn about the cultural history. Salt was very important during the Nazi era. They got the idea to hide their paintings underground from a miner’s chapel deep below the ground. In this chapel, they had art for many years and it was preserved well. Which is why the Nazis decided that the salt mine would be a good place to hide the paintings. The paintings Hitler decided to steal revealed what his taste in art was. Since most of the paintings he stole had a similar theme to them, it revealed that Hitler liked a lighter form of art. Although the German commander did tell his troops to blow up the tunnels after Hitler’s dead, none of the treasures were ruined. The Americans sent in art specialists to collect the treasures from the tunnel and examine them.

Cultural Projects Proposal: Rituals

Expressions of Culture Project

Project Proposal:   Due at the End of Class today /20

Group Members

  • Raman Sandhu
  • Ravneet Sohal
  • Sonia Dhillon

Working Title: (your motto or mission statement /Can be changed for your presentation)

Different rituals shape cultural behavior, actions, and traditions. Significant rituals in one culture may seem completely insignificant and random in another culture. Our mission for this project is to compare two different cultures and show how rituals influence cultural lifestyles and shape them to be completely different from one another.

Type of Presentation you group has decided upon:  The type of presentation is up to your group.  However you will be marked the reason that you provide for your type of presentation.  Meaning you need to explain why the type of presentation you choose fits the topic you are presenting.

Outline how you are going to present your cultural expression below:

  • We are going to present via posters and an online presentation
  • We will have 5 posters
    • One poster will have a huge drawing of a Hindu bride
    • One poster will have a big drawing of a Chinese bride
    • One poster will have information and pictures explaining Hindu cultures and how those rituals shaped their culture and why it is significant for them
    • One poster will have pictures and information explaining Chinese cultures and their importance/influence on the culture
    • The poster in the middle will have one big (NEEDS TO BE CATCHY) slogan on it (one sentence) stating the influence/importance of rituals on culture.
    • We will have a powerpoint, which will only have pictures (the same pictures which are going to be on our poster) to compare the two cultures
    • There will two of us speaking from different perspectives
      • One of us will be speaking from the perspective of a Hindu person
      • One of us will be speaking from the perspective of a Chinese person
      • The third person will highlight the differences between the two cultural rituals
  • Perform this ritual, but alter it a bit to make it shorter and class appropriate

Possible resources and research you are undertaking.

Wedding Rituals

https://www.thoughtco.com/chinese-wedding-rituals-687490

https://www.theknot.com/content/ancient-chinese-wedding-traditions

https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/posts/chinese-marriages

http://www.culturalindia.net/weddings/regional-weddings/hindu-wedding.html

https://www.thoughtco.com/hindu-wedding-rituals-1770478

Death Rituals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/death/hindudeathritesrev2.shtml

http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/hinduism/2003/02/hindu-rituals-for-death-and-grief.aspx

http://endoflife.northwestern.edu/religion_spirituality/hinduism.htm

https://www.funeralwise.com/customs/chinese/

http://www.indiana.edu/~famlygrf/culture/simmons.html

http://globalconnections.champlain.edu/2017/04/17/funeral-customs-china/

The Birth Ritual

https://www.chinatravel.com/facts/ancient-rituals.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/religious-birth-rituals_us_56d9e2d4e4b03a40567885f5

http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2013-05-14_113920.html

Outline what each member of your group is going to be INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR in your project:

Name Responsibilities

RAMAN
  • All Chinese Ritual Paragraphs + poster
  • Color Chinese person
RAVNEET
  • All hindu ritual paragraphs + poster
    • Find a video if you can
  • Draw both pictures and color hindu person
SONIA
  • The powerpoint
  • Think of slogan + Draw and color slogan poster

Cultures Project : Rituals

Group Members: Raman, Ravneet, and Sonia

We presented 4 posters in class and the slideshow.

I have attached the link for the document with our information and our slideshow; the posters were left with you in class:

Information:

https://docs.google.com/a/dasmeshschool.com/document/d/1f8rLcLaOKlRCKVzy8PlrOUsJBuOjZruFtmlmTEQttfg/edit?usp=sharing

Slideshow:

https://docs.google.com/a/dasmeshschool.com/presentation/d/1z9SwbPW_06b9M4-tDGwyoe96bLVuco0nnwWdoj8nfVk/edit?usp=sharing

Three main points we used during our Debate

MILITIAS – Rav, Raman, Harleen, Harry, Harmanjot

“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

  • They will essentially become the new drugs — even though they will be illegal, people will sell them illegally and make more money off of them
  • Armed populations have power to some degree while unarmed populations are defenseless.
  • Pro guns to protect against government

Banksy Does New York Review

Banksy, a renowned street artist began his journey in New York City in October 2013 when he took over the city streets and displayed a new unique piece of art every day for a month. It became a scavenger hunt and soon people were running down the streets looking for the new piece before it was destroyed. I really liked this about the documentary because it was not just about journalists trying to capture the painting, it was normal, average human beings. It did a really good job recording the chaos because it showed different people struggling to get to the painting before it was ruined and them sharing their opinions. This documentary not only showed the people that liked the Banksy art, it also showed people that disapproved of it such as the other street artists that would tag them to send Banksy a message that this is their city and he should leave. Some also tagged his art so that when people would visit his pieces, people would see theirs as well. But there were some people that would come back and try to fix the ruined piece so the public could enjoy it. This documentary did a very good job capturing the different views about the Banksy art. Furthermore, some people even began taking his street art and selling it to the public. However, I believe this was inappropriate because Banksy made that art for the public to shine light on events that were taking place in the community that no one discussed. They were not made for people to sell just to make some extra money. Moreover, Banksy also made his pieces in destitute areas of New York to show the privileged the struggles that people face in their community. Through his art, he expressed his view about political and social concerns that were often overlooked. For example, that truck with the puppet animal heads sticking out from the openings was used to bring awareness to factory farming and to show people that he was against consuming meat. Ultimately, “Banksy Does New York” documentary was a great way to portray the Banksy art and people’s views about it.