K-12 Resources

Ancient Civilizations Trunk

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame offers the Traveling Trunks of Africa, Asia and Latin America free of charge to educators in the Michiana area. These treasure chests of engaging materials from around the world help students learn about the diverse cultures of these regions through hands-on activities. Each trunk comes with a curriculum guide, books, music CDs, instruments and cultural items.

To check availability of this trunk, click here.
To complete this trunk’s request form, click here. No reservations being taken at this time.


Have you borrowed this trunk? Fill out evaluation here

Curriculum Guide

The curriculum guide is a binder filled with content descriptions, country profiles, lesson plans, teaching resources, and recipes.

Books & Literature

Castillo, Ana. Mi Hija, Mi Hijo, El Aguila, La Paloma
Griek, Susan Vande. A Gift for Ampato
Marcos, Subcomandante. The Story of Colors / La Historia de los Colores
McCunney, Michelle. Mario's Mayan Journey
Menchú, Rigoberta. I, Rigoberta Menchú
Ober, Hal. How Music Came to the World
Paz, Octavio. Sunstone / Piedra de Sol
Pitakanen, Matti A. The Grandchildren of the Incas
Wisniewski, David. Rain Player

Musical Instruments

  • Teponaztle Drum, with stick
  • Fish Whistle
  • Straight Flute
  • Turtle Ocarina

Cultural Items

Amate Bark Paintings (2)
Aztec Calendar (Sunstone)
Chac Mool (Reclining Figure)
Metate, Mortar, and Pestle (3 pieces)
Drum Player
Mini Mask
Tripod Bowl

Compact Discs

Codex, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
“America Indigena, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl”

Maps & Posters

“The Americas—National Geographic Society
Aztec Calendar
The Aztecs: Story of Ancient Mexico
Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations Bulletin Board Set”

Teaching Resources

Mayas, Aztecs, Incas, Cooperative Learning Activities
Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations
Eyewitness: Aztec, Inca, Maya
Aztec, Maya, and Inca Designs
Story Starters on the Aztec, Incas, and Mayas
The Big Book of Ancient Aztec, Maya, and Inca Activities


Please make reservations at least one week before your requested pick-up to allow us time to inventory and prepare the trunk. 

It is our goal to have as many trunks in circulation as possible. Trunks may be borrowed for up to one month. Please borrow only for the amount of time you need the trunk so other educators have as much access to the trunk as possible.


Upcoming Deadlines

No Deadlines In The Near Future