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When we think of the vastness and expanse of our plant earth, our world seems like a huge place.  When it comes to the very core of all of our existence, however, we are all the same.

In my humble opinion, every civilization, every culture, wants the same thing - to have the physical things necessary to live (food, water, etc.); to have the security of living in peace and safety; to love and be loved, have friends, a partner, to raise a family; to have the freedom to worship as they see fit; to achieve a sense of self-esteem, achievement, and respect.  While these needs are consistent throughout time, what changes are the cultural strategies by which these needs are achieved.

The term "culture" is used here in a broad sense and may include various contexts such as geographic, political, social, religious, regional and national groups, and diaspora (scattered populations with a common origin in a smaller geographic area).

On a global level, all of our different cultures are formed from the essence of various human civilizations.  In this new category at FreeTiiuPix, we will attempt to celebrate and learn about the beliefs, traditions, and ways of life of various cultures - through images.

This is a new category and work in progress.


World Cultures - Chinese

Chinese Lion Dance

Performers mimic the movements of a lion during various festivals. 

 - 7 images of a lion costume.

World Cultures - First Nations 
The Indigenous/Aboriginal/Native Peoples of North America


A type of flat bread used as nourishment by voyageurs, North American early settlers and First Nations.  18 images include a recipe + cooking images.

- 18 images.


Originally, Native peoples lived in "wigwams" which were built with poles and covered with sheets of birch bark.  However, when they became nomadic to follow buffalo herds, the wigwam changed according to their needs.  Referred to now as tipis, the birch bark was replaced with sewn buffalo hides. 

- 11 images. 


Wabanaki Wigwam -

Images of a handmade, traditional birchbark wigwam/wikuwam.

- 5 images


Wampanoag Homesite - Massachusetts -

“Wampanoag” means “Eastern People” or “People of the First Light” or “People of the Dawn”.  The Wampanoag were the Native People of south eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands who had lived here for 11,600 years in longhouses prior to the arrival of the pilgrims.

- 15 images.  

World Cultures - Mayan

The Mayans are one of the oldest societies  and were the only ancient American civilization with a recorded history of their own.  They occupied a large area covering southeast Mexico and the Central American countries of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.  It is thought that their culture began in the Pre-Classic period around 1000 B.C. and was at its strongest between 300 and 900 A.D.    

BELIZE -  Altun Ha

Read about the recently discovered ancient city of Altun Ha thought to have been settled around 250 B.C.

- 41 images of Temples, tombs, etc.

BELIZE - Xunantunich

The first archeological site in Belize opened to the public is Xunantunich in 1954 nestled beside the border of Guatemala. Although not the original name, the site is currently called Xunantunich which means "Stone Woman" or "Maiden of the rock" in the Yucatec dialect and refers to the ghost of a woman who climbs the stone stairs of El Castillo.

- 12 images.

MEXICO - Chichén Itzá

Probably the best-known Mayan site is Chichén Itzá, located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán State of Mexico.  Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kukulkan Pyramid located here is one of the seven wonders of the world.

 - 22 images.


Located in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, this Pre-Columbian Mayan site was built between two lakes during the Classic Period (600-900 A.D.)  A fascinating place with 50 ancient roads called Sacbe that radiate to other smaller sites.

- 48 images.

MEXICO - Kohunlich

Currently named after the Cohoon fruiting palms which grow abundantly in the area, Kohunlich is located in Southern Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula.  Built around 500 A.D., this Mayan site is best known for its large stucco masks.

- 68 images.



A new English colony was established in Plymouth in the 17th Century.  A role-playing museum at Plimoth Plantation Museum brings this era to life.

- 31 images.

Pioneer Architecture

The first persons to explore or settle a new country or area are known as pioneers.  Here are a few images of architecture and items from that era.

- 9 images.

Mayflower II

The Mayflower is a famous ship that brought English & Dutch settlers to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  Learn about the ship and view images of the Mayflower II - a full-scale reproduction at the Plimoth Plantation Museum.

- 14 images.

Cultural Traditions - Honouring the Deceased

There are many ways a culture honours its dead.  Burial practices teach us about cultures and their values.  Burying the deceased in not always the case and include air sacrifice, sky burials, pit burials, Viking burials, spirit offerings, etc.


Views of burial plots, memorials, tombs, headstones, graves, etc.

- 140 images.




Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs are thought to be linked to pagan traditions.




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World Cultures


"People of 
different religions 
and cultures 
live side by side
 in almost every part|
of the world, 
and most of us have overlapping identities 
which unite us 
with very different groups.  
We can love what we are,
 without hating what 
- and who - 
we are not.  
We can thrive 
in our own tradition, 
even as we learn 
from others, 
and come to respect 
their teachings."

~Kofi Annan ~
of the United Nations



"Preservation of 
one's own culture 
does not require
or disrespect
 for other cultures."

~ Cesar Chavez ~
American Activist 
and Labour Organizer.  
Founder of the National Farm Workers Association




"It is the mark 
of the cultured man 
that he is aware 
of the fact 
that equality 
is an ethical 
and not a biological principle."

~ Ashley Montagu ~
British-American anthropologist
1905 - 1999



"We may have 
different religions, 
different languages, 
different coloured skin, 
but we all belong 
to one human race."

~ Kofi Annan ~
Ghanian Diplomat, 
7th UN Secretary-General, 
2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner



"We have 
the ability to achieve, 
if we master 
the necessary goodwill,
 a common global society 
blessed with a shared culture 
of peace 
that is nourished by 
the ethnic, 
national and 
local diversities
 that enrich our lives."

~ Mahnaz Afkhami ~
Human rights activist.




is of the essence 
of humanity.  
 is an accident of birth 
and it should therefore 
never be the source
 of hatred 
or conflict.  
The answer to difference
 is to respect it.  
Therein lies a most 
fundamental principle of peace:  respect for diversity."

~ John Hume ~
Irish Politician, 
1998 Nobel 
Peace Prize Winner, 
1999 Defender of 
Democracy Award, 
2001 Gandhi Peace Prize





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