Detail from a Mayan codex (on vellum), Circa 15th century. Museo de America, Madrid, Spain. Image from Credo Reference.
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There is much culture to explore in the reference collection. If we are what we eat, start with the 3 volume Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, or You Eat What You Are: People, Culture, and Food Traditions. If food stars with farming, open up the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy or the Encyclopedia of Sustainability to understand how we can build a healthier agricultural system. Explore countries and regions with the 6 volume Encyclopedia of Latin America History and Culture, 2nd edition, or The New Encyclopedia of Africa. And earn about the continuing fight for justice in the world with Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance.
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Russian Married Woman from Olonets Province [study for a postcard], by Ivan Bilibin,1905. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
“In 1904, the ethnographic department of the Russian Museum sent the artist [Bilibin] to Olonets Province, near Petrozavodsk. The trip resulted in a series of postcards for the Red Cross Society of St. Eugenia, for which the present lot is a study. The members of the World of Art group, Bilibin among them, gladly contributed to the publications of the Society of St. Eugenia, founded in St. Petersburg in 1882. The society's publishing house largely devoted itself to education; its series of open letters, travel guides, and monographs introduced the Russian public to the nation's cities, artistic treasures, and works by contemporary artists.” - Wikimedia Commons.