Thursday, April 16, 2009

Catch a Sporty Cultural Connections Event!

Cultural Connections
A partnership of ethnic museums and cultural centers

Transplanted Sports
Co-presented by
Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago
Indo-American Heritage Museum
Sponsored by Environment, Culture and Conservation (ECCo),
a Division of Science at The Field Museum

Colonists and immigrants have planted seeds of athletic activity that flourish far from their original settings. Japanese settlers in Brazil popularized the ancient Samurai martial art of jiu-jitsu while Indians excelled at the elaborate English colonial team sport of cricket. Today, in the U.S., Brazilian immigrants promote jiu-jitsu while Indian Americans create cricket pitches in city parks. Come learn how people of all ages strive for mental and physical fitness through Brazilian jiu-jitsu and how popular competition between national teams prompts unofficial cricket matches. A Brazil jiu-jitsu demonstration and an explanation of cricket's rules will illustrate how each activity keeps "bodies in motion."

Saturday, May 16th, 11:30am-2:00pm
at the Indo-American Center
6328 N. California Avenue

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Reserve your seats by calling (773) 830-1481 or e-mail For more information, go to

Teachers can receive 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for each Cultural Connections program attended.

General admission is $15; teachers, students, and seniors are $10; children under 12 are free. A sampling of traditional foods is always served. Admission fees will be collected at the door. Cash or check only please.

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