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The World of Encantos Issue Date: 05-02-2004

Cool Spots imageStep closer to the Edge of Enchantment at www.nmai.si.edu/edge. The natives of Huatulco, Mexico, believe in "encantos," enchanted places where the human and spirit worlds intertwine. At a mountain cross, families put handwritten prayers into miniature houses made of sticks. There is a place by a river where you can eat all the fruit you want, but you'll turn to water if you try to take any home. Read with an open mind and you may find your own encanto.

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Northern Exposure Issue Date: 03-28-2004

Cool Spots imageMinnesota Territory's colorful history comes to life at www.mnhs.org/places/historycenter/exhibits/territory. If you like trivia, visit the 1850s and try to spot important Minnesotans in Territory Trivia. Do you have good bartering skills? If so, try The Fur Trader, which takes you step-by-step through the hurdles of the tricky trade. Be sure to stock up on gunpowder and rat spears. And stay warm with old-fashioned hot chocolate from The Frugal House-wife cookbook.

Visit: www.mnhs.org/places/historycenter/exhibits/territory
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Is Race Real? Issue Date: 03-21-2004

Cool Spots imageRace—The Power of an Illusion at www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm raises questions about the validity of race and tells how culture, not genetics, causes the majority of similarities and differences among all people. The Race Timeline shows how our perception of race has changed over time. In Sorting People, you'll see that identifying a person's race based on physical traits is challenging. Take a walk in the shoes of someone of another race when you watch and listen to four excellent slide shows.

Visit: www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm
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Searching for Places of Refuge Issue Date: 02-22-2004

Cool Spots imageCan you imagine leaving everything behind in order to escape danger? More than 39 million people living today have done so. Discover what life is like for them when you Visit a Refugee Camp at www.refugeecamp.org. The virtual tour shows the basics of refugee life, including refugees' struggle to find adequate shelter, food and water. In Refugees, you will find stories from people who fled their homes for safety. Shahnaz, a 12-year-old girl from Afghanistan, ends her account saying, "I dream of my life before the war. I sew and I'm happy and forget my worries."

Visit: www.refugeecamp.org
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Songs Without Borders Issue Date: 02-01-2004

Cool Spots imageCorridos sin Fronteras, Songs Without Borders, tells tales of the daily life in Mexico at www.corridos.org. These ballads began as a way for people to express their feelings. Today, corridos dominate the Latin music charts. Sing along as you listen to full-length songs from the 15th century and post-revolutionary days. An interactive timeline highlights pieces of Mexico's history that influenced songwriters. Four modern corrido musicians share stories about their inspiration. Perhaps this site will inspire you to write a corrido.

Visit: www.corridos.org
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