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Postcards from Buster; Hoops And Drums: Lander, WY



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Postcards from Buster
Hoops And Drums: Lander, WY
Program Number

112; 117

Series Description

Buster, one of the most popular characters on ARTHUR will accompany his airline pilot father as he flies the fictional Latin rock group Los Viajeros on a concert tour of the United States, with forays into Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Buster will stay in touch with his friends back home via a small, hand-held digital video camera. These first-person video "postcards" will be in the form of live-action, P.O.V.-style footage of the places visited in the show. Narrated by Buster, they are woven seamlessly into each animated story. "It's important for children to experience cultures different from their own," says WGBH executive producer Carol Greenwald. "Putting Buster on the road and immersing him in real-life settings via the live-action 'postcards' is a perfect vehicle to teach children about the rich and complex cultural life that exists across America." Series release date: 2004

Program Description

On the Wind River Reservation, Buster meets kids from the Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes who teach him American Indian traditions including drumming and powwow dancing. He also learns about another important tradition in this community—basketball—when he gets to participate in a clinic with his new friend Stephan.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of the daily life and cultural traditions of Shoshone and Northern Arapaho families living on the Wind River Reservation. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of children and families on the reservation. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss cultural traditions and ask questions to learn more about another person's life. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to family, dance, and basketball.



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