("Foreign" meaning non-American, of course.) This is where I've put
links to various cultures that aren't my own. This is for information on
the cultures and the peoples themselves, rather than on their histories;
those are found in the History section, below.
The Web is, still, largely an American phenomenon, but every day that
grows increasingly untrue, and that's all to the good. The more information
out there by non-Americans, on non-American topics, the better; the average
computer geek just doesn't know that much about his own culture, much less
Okay, I know the term "aboriginal" has a certain pejorative baggage, but,
honestly, what else can I call this section?
Yahoo, but for Aboriginal web sites--"an indigenous peoples' web directory."
* Aboriginal Studies
WWW VL From the WWW Virtual Library, so of course you know it's going
to be good.
American Southwest Info Pictures
of and essays about the American southwest.
MesoAmerican Studies Essays and links on the Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec,
Middle America Links and essays and other such stuff on the prehistoric
cultures of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
Animals, Myths and Legends
Stories and fables from ancient aboriginal cultures.
Links A list of links on various aboriginal cultures and issues.
* Center for World Indigenous Studies Home
Page Documents by and about the Fourth World.
Comanche Lodge Do
have any idea how hard it is to find information on the Comanche? They
are a culture that most everyone has heard of, but about which surprisingly
little is known, or easy to find out about. This is as good a site as I've
found for information on the Comanches' past and present.
Dr. Tom's Homepage
Four essays on the Comanche, Pawneee, and the Ghost Dance.
Nation Information Project The start page to a very handy guide to
the First Nations of Canada. (What? Native Americans in Canada?
Yes, hard though it may be for us stupid Americans to believe, there are
in fact a good many Native Americans in Canada, too.)
* First Nations Site Index
A superlative site on First Nations and First Peoples. Not only are there
many dozen links to a wide variety of pages on the First Nations, but there
are 49 essays on the histories and cultures of individual Nations/Peoples.
Maybe the best site for information on the First Nations.
The Illini Confederation
A medium/long-length essay on the history and culture of the Illini Confederation.
Encyclopedia of Mesoamerica Not exactly thorough--each letter seems
to average 3-4 entries--but the entries themselves are long, rather than
short. A good start.
Governments A long page of short/medium-length essays on the governments
of various MesoAmerican cultures.
Moundbuilders - North
Georgia's Early Inhabitants A short essay, with two illustrations,
on the Moundbuilder culture of NW Georgia.
Indian Resources More links.
Native American Links
Despite a really, really ill-advised coloring scheme that makes this page
hard to read, it's still worth struggling through, as there are some very
good links here.
Native American Nations of the Black Mesa Region The Black Mesa region
being an area in Northeastern Arizona; it was the home of the Hopi and
Navajo nations. This is a very thorough guide to their histories and cultures.
American Timeline A timeline and a bunch of links to Native American
Native Language Sites
For Cherokee and Hawaiian, although they are in the process of adding more.
I really hate the layout and color scheme they have here, but they do have
some good sites, too.
Languages Many links on First Peoples' languages.
* NativeWeb - an Internet Community
A great site for resources for indigenous cultures.
Maya and Zapotec Political Structure A short/medium-length essay on
the Maya & Zapotec gvts, with links to a few other related sites.
Symbols of the Native
Northwest Culture An interesting guide to the symbolism of various
animals in the art of the First Nations of the Northwest.
Vicnet Database Server Databases
and links for Australian First Peoples.
Africabib Two good bibliographic
databases on Africa
* Africanet A big site of 800 pages
on 27 countries.
Africa - Journals Links to several dozen journals on Africa, ranging
from the Arid Lands Newsletter (devoted to combatting desertification)
to the Alem Mar (articles of Portuguese missionairies who worked
in Africa). If you're looking for information on Africa, this is a great
place to go.
Africa - Politics & Government Links to several dozen sites on
the politics and governments of various African nations - some scholarly,
some popular. Like Africa - Journals (this site is run by Stanford,
just like that one), an invaluable resource for information on Africa.
Africa South of the Sahara Another site from Stanford, this one giving
links by region/country - and not just plain information links, either
- everything from culture to news to weatherr, and everything in-between.
* ArabNet A large array of resources
on 22 countries.
The Baobab Project
The start page of an effort, by Harvard's Department of Fine Arts, to "make
African visual culture available to a broader audience." Essays, images,
and links, with historical as well as cultural information.
Country-Specific Pages for Africa 55 pages of countries & Web links
Current Events - Countries Another site from Stanford, this one providing
news links by country/region. Very thorough, and very useful.
Page From the Egyptian government's site. Information on Egypt's culture:
Ancient, Coptic, Islamic, and Modern, with links to archaeological sites
* Egypt WWW Index An enormous
array of links on everything Egypt-related.
* Encyclopaedia of the Orient
An outstanding resource; an online encyclopedia on the countries of the
NEW Journal of
Arabic and Islamic Studies An interesting journal with some interesting
Hizmet-Books Page on Islam E-text
editions of books on Muslim dogma/theology. Be warned, though: the site
is run by an ideologue, so there are some links and text here that are
bigoted and likely to offend.
Middle East &
North Africa Internet Resource Guide Lots and lots of links on nations
and cultures of the Middle East and of Saharan and Mediterranean Africa.
A cursory use of the site revealed more dead links than it should have,
NUL - Africana Collection
From Northwestern University's Library of African Studies.
Resources Information on over 100 African peoples. Very thorough and
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
The embassy's web page.
* Welcome to Africa Online
A kind of CNN for Africa, it's got not only links to various countries,
but also news, finance, sports, etc - the same sort of thing that CNN does
for the US.
* Asian Studies
WWW VL Another good site from the WWW Virtual Library, with loads and
loads of links, broken down by country.
China News Daily Index
The online index and site of the very good newspaper
China News Daily.
Chinese Culture Online
Library An online guide to current Chinese culture. The interface is
a bit odd, with the framed menu on the left not indicating that what you're
clicking on are actually links, but the information and links you (eventually)
find is worth it. Note: Currently under construction, dadgummit.
* The Chinese
Empire From the whizzo World Cultures page.
Forbidden City A tour, with pictures, of the Forbidden City.
with the Korean Persona: A Cultural Profile An interesting essay on
the Korean national character; I can't vouch for its veracity, and of course
it's a huge generalization, but it's interesting nonetheless.
* India World An excellent site
on India, with links, articles, news, and much more.
* India WWW Virtual Library The
WWW Virtual Library's site on India, and so of course worth looking at.
* Interactive Central Asia Resource Project
(ICARP) - Central Asia From the good folks at the WWW Virtual Library.
Very nice--thorough information on Central Asia.
Aesthetics An interesting, long essay on Japanese art, aesthetics,
and the tea ceremony.
Japanese Culture Page. aka
A Guide to Japanese Culture For Roleplaying Games. Which may sound strange,
but as I mentioned elsewhere on this site, roleplayers can often be the
source of good information, and such is the case here.
Home Page Maps and articles on Japan.
links The page from a course, taught at Brown University, on the economic
history of Japan. Click on the Links link to the left of the page.
Japan Times Online The web site
of the newspaper Japan Times.
Japanorama - Japanese Culture
More links on Japanese culture, history, government, etc.
* J-Guide: Japanese History
and Culture Japan links from the WWW Virtual Library. Unfortunately
down at the moment, but I trust it will return.
From the World Cultures site, so you know it's good. Essays and
links on the Japanese theatre of kabuki.
Korean Judge A neat, short/medium essay on the role of the judge in
traditional Korean culture.
-- Destination: India The Lonely Planet site on India; both entertaining
Mongolia Online The English version of
a good Mongolian site. Cultural information as well as news headlines.
The Mumbai Pages A site
giving a tour of Mumbai/Bombay, a picture gallery, information on its geography
WWW Homepage The home page of the University of Chicago's excellent
Oriental Institute, with links and images.
East European Links. A good, large set of links.
of Buddhist Teaching & Practice A useful dictionary on Buddhism,
included here for its coverage Buddhist and Tibetan culture.
and Communities A links site to Turkic communities and republics in
Azerbaijan, Bashkiria (in Russia), Chuvashya (in Russia), the Crimea, Daghestan
(in Russia), Eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang Uygur Region in China), Gagauzia
(in Moldova), Kabardino-Balkaria (in Russia), Karachai-Cherkessiya (in
Russia), Kazakstan, and so on.
UCI Southeast Asian Archive
The Southeast Asian Archive of the University of California at Irvine.
Has back issues of their quarterly newsletter and some images of Hmong
Meaning--The Korean Family A short/medium length essay on value and
meaning in the Korean family.
A Teacher's Guide A long essay/teacher's tool on Vietnam's history
A nice little site on Bangladesh; user-friendly and relatively content-rich.
Miscellaneous & Links
This includes not just current but past, historical cultures.
Concierge.com Traveler What used
to be Epicurious. A pseudo-Lonely Planet web site.
Profiles Good, basic information on every country on Earth.
Cultures of the Andes, Quechua, Songs,
Poems, Stories, Photos Pictures, songs, jokes, etc.
Cultures.com A site "devoted to
cultures, living and ancient, and the promotion of world communication."
* Index of Resources for History
A WWW Virtual Library site for world history, this has a vast number of
links to world cultures, too.
* Library of Congress
- Country Studies Whoever is doing work for the Library of Congress
certainly earned their pay with this site. Long and extremely
informative & thorough studies of 85 countries.
Lonely Planet - Destinations
The central web site for all of Lonely Planet's information.
National Pages Links
to 10 national pages.
for the Study of World Cultures A set of links to various cultures.
Heritage List A list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, complete with
links to pictures and text (much of it not in English) on those sites.
* Unreached People Group
Information This is a list of "unreached peoples" compiled by some...person...who
couldn't bear the thought of all these peoples and cultures existing without
being Christian. (oh, heavens, anything but that) I have a great deal of
contempt for that mindset--but this is nonetheless a great compilation
of material on a number of obscure cultures.
* The Unreached Peoples
Prayer Profiles Like the preceding site, this is from some group of
shites that thinks that everyone should be Christian. There's no way I'd
include anything from a bunch of wankers like them...except that their
information is damned useful. Nobody else that I've found has information
like this on, for example, the Socotran of Yemen or the Bisaya of Malaysia.
* World Cultures I write more
about these site below, in the Links section of History sites, but this
site also has an incredible wealth of information on culture as well as
* World Fact Book
Hey, it's the World Fact Book - do I really need to say anything
The Intro Page