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Materials Related to Queens (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs
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The Painted Bride – Teaching Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Teaching guide for grades 10-12 to accompany the film “The Painted Bride,” created by filmmakers Amada Dargan and Susan Slyomovics in 1990. The 25-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, features traditional wedding customs practiced among Pakistani Muslim immigrants in Queens, New York. It follows a mehndi body painting artist as she creates intricate designs on the hands and feet of a bride-to-be while the bride’s friends sing humorous songs mocking the groom and future in-laws. The teaching guide and film explore tensions between American and Pakistani ideas of gender roles, identity, clothing, and ritual, including issues of cultural diversity in an immigrant community.
|Grade Level: 9-12
||Curriculum: Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Video recordings; Primary sources; Lesson plans; Activities
|Subjects: Intercultural communication; Educational films; Queens (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs; Immigrants; Gender role; Courtship; Mehndi (Body painting); Ethnicity; Clothing and dress; Costume; Ethnographic films; Cultural pluralism; Rites of passage; Marriage customs and rites; Islamic marriage customs and rites; Cultural relations; Immigrant families
Geographic locations: New York (State); New York (N.Y.)