K-12 Resources

East Africa 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.

(Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda)

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

Curriculum Guide

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

Books & Literature

Abrahams, Rogers. African Folktales (Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore)
Bulion, Leslie. Fatuma's New Cloth
Burns Knight, Margy. Africa Is Not A Country
Cunnane, Kelly. For You Are A Kenyan Child
Kroll, Virginia. Masai and I
Price, Leontyne. Aïda

Musical Instruments

  • Adungu (bow harp)
  • Akacence (box rattle)
  • Cone-Shaped Drum
  • Endere (flute)
  • Enkwanzi (panpipe)
  • Kalimba (2)
  • Ngoma Drum
  • Stick Rattle

Cultural Items

Banana Leaf Football
Carved Mask
Flags - 12
Lamba Cloth (2)
Magazine Beads (necklaces)
Makonde Wood Carved Animals-Giraffe
Makonde Wood Carved Animals-Hippopotamus
Makonde Wood Carved Animals-Leopard
Makonde Wood Carved Animals-Lion
Makonde Wood Carved Animals-Rhinoceros
Makonde Wood Carved Animals-Zebra (with baby)
Masai Batik (2 Black & White, 3 Color)
Masai Jewelry (1 necklace & 2 bracelets)
Masai Shuka
Mortar & Pestle
Raffia Star Basket
Ring-tailed Lemur Figurines (2)

Compact Discs & Audio Cassettes

African Playground
Women of Africa

Teaching Resources

Step Into Africa: Elementary Level Activities Using Africa is Not a Country
"How Big is Africa?" Curriculum Guide
African Crafts


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.


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