Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Religious processions
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The Men Who Dance the Giglio - Teaching Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Teaching guide for grades 10-12 to accompany an excerpt of the film “The Men Who Dance the Giglio,” created by filmmaker Jeff Porter in 1995. Nine minutes of the 28-minute film are chosen as a focus for the teaching guide. The film excerpt documents the Saint Paulinus Festival and its 2.5-ton giglio statue carried by 125 men in a Catholic religious procession through the streets of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. The teaching guide and film explore the topics of community and neighborhood festivals, Italian American culture, ethnicity, and sacred and secular celebrations found in urban areas. The entire film is also available as streaming video on folkstreams.net.
|Grade Level: 9-12
||Curriculum: Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture; Music
|Resource Type: Activities; Lesson plans; Primary sources; Video recordings
|Subjects: Educational films; Ethnographic films; Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs; Community life; Ethnicity; Religious processions; Italian American Catholics; Religious life and customs; Urban folklore; Festivals; Italian Americans; Celebration
Geographic locations: New York (N.Y.)