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Join Chief Chebe as he takes you on two African storytelling adventures at the National Museum of Scotland.

Enjoy Chief Chebe's stories before searching for your own favourite objects in the museum, using Google Streetview.

For teachers, there are extension activities to use with First Level pupils covering literacy and health and wellbeing outcomes.

Chief Chebe's Museum Tour

Join Chief Chebe for a tour of his favourite things in the National Museum of Scotland. Hear some special African stories about Anansi the spider, and how the tortoise came to be so slow and wise.

Chief Chebe's story of Kofi

In the second film, discover the story of a boy whose village is celebrating 40 years of Ghanaian independence. But before he joins the party, his father sets him a challenge...  

Resources for teachers

What is it?

We have created a downloadable PowerPoint containing extension activities you can do with your class after watching the films.

Age range

Primary 2-4

Curriculum links

I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to and asking different kinds of questions. LIT 1-07

By considering the type of text I am creating, I can select ideas and relevant information, these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience. LIT 1-26a.

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others. HWB 1-05

What does it involve?

The PowerPoint includes suggested activities that pupils can do in class or at home. There are also discussion and reflection questions.  

Download the resources

Chief Chebe's favourite objects

  • Coffin in the shape of a Mercedes-Benz car, wooden, white painted lower body with silver, black and orange details, with leopard skin fabric upholstered seats inside coffin

    Coffin in the shape of a Mercedes-Benz car, wooden, white painted lower body with silver, black and orange details, with leopard skin fabric upholstered seats inside coffin

  • 'Fine Lady' face mask with hair of pink dyed sisal and face of painted wire mesh, part of a fancy dress masquerade costume: Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Elmina, by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (alias Hippies), 2000

    'Fine Lady' face mask with hair of pink dyed sisal and face of painted wire mesh, part of a fancy dress masquerade costume: Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Elmina, by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (alias Hippies), 2000

  • African elephant, Lado Enclave, north of the Great Lakes of Central Africa, 1904

    African elephant, Lado Enclave, north of the Great Lakes of Central Africa, 1904

  • Ugly Man face mask with hair of dyed sisal, face of painted mesh and fabric neckband, part of a fancy dress masquerade costume: Ghana, Elmina, by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (alias Hippies), 2000 - 2001

    Ugly Man face mask with hair of dyed sisal, face of painted mesh and fabric neckband, part of a fancy dress masquerade costume: Ghana, Elmina, by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (alias Hippies), 2000 - 2001

  • Jacket with zip fastening, extended shoulder decoration and three tails attached to waistband, made of yellow, black, green and red strips of fabric, part of 'Fine Lady' fancy dress masquerade costume, originally purchased by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (Hippies) from a tailor in Winneba: Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Winneba, 2000

    Jacket with zip fastening, extended shoulder decoration and three tails attached to waistband, made of yellow, black, green and red strips of fabric, part of 'Fine Lady' fancy dress masquerade costume, originally purchased by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (Hippies) from a tailor in Winneba: Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Winneba, 2000

  • Tailored jacket with zip fastening, in red, green, yellow, black and white fabric with shoulder decoration and four tail features, extending from the waistband, part of an Ugly Man fancy dress masquerade costume, purchased from a tailor in Winneba by D.A. Acquandoh (Hippies): Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Elmina, collected in 2000 - 2001

    Tailored jacket with zip fastening, in red, green, yellow, black and white fabric with shoulder decoration and four tail features, extending from the waistband, part of an Ugly Man fancy dress masquerade costume, purchased from a tailor in Winneba by D.A. Acquandoh (Hippies): Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Elmina, collected in 2000 - 2001

  • Drawstring trousers made to be worn as part of 'Fine Lady' fancy dress masquerade costume, made of yellow and black man-made fabric with yellow and white frills, originally purchased by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (alias Hippies) from a tailor in Winneba: Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Winneba, 2000

    Drawstring trousers made to be worn as part of 'Fine Lady' fancy dress masquerade costume, made of yellow and black man-made fabric with yellow and white frills, originally purchased by Donatus Archibald Acquandoh (alias Hippies) from a tailor in Winneba: Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Winneba, 2000

  • Drawstring trousers to be worn with an Ugly Man fancy dress masquerade costume, made of printed fabric designed to commemorate 40 years of Ghana's independence, purchased from a tailor in Winneba by D.A. Acquandoh (Hippies): Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Elmina, collected in 2000 - 2001

    Drawstring trousers to be worn with an Ugly Man fancy dress masquerade costume, made of printed fabric designed to commemorate 40 years of Ghana's independence, purchased from a tailor in Winneba by D.A. Acquandoh (Hippies): Africa, West Africa, Ghana, Elmina, collected in 2000 - 2001

  • Aldabran sp., giant tortoise, cast

    Aldabran sp., giant tortoise, cast

  • Python molurus bivittatus Kuhl, 1820, burmese python

    Python molurus bivittatus Kuhl, 1820, burmese python

  • Pterinochilus sp., tarantula, dried specimen

    Pterinochilus sp., tarantula, dried specimen

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