Teaching Materials

The materials in this section are made for teachers, but students should feel free to browse them as well.

Purchase Cornrow Curves Materials Kit from CulturalSTEM

Outcomes Summary of Cos-Computing @ Upstate NY High School

Hairstyle Samples

Paper Sculpture From Cornrows Simulations

Artistic Creations from the Algorhythms Online Exhibition

Notes On Math Connections

3D Printing For Cornrows

Cornrows-like images from nature, architecture, jewelry, etc.


Byrd, Ayana. and Tharps, Lori L. Hair Story: untangling the roots of hair in Black America. New York: St. Martin's Press 2001.

Boone, Sylvia Ardyn. Radiance from the Waters. Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art. New Haven: YUP, 1986

Jackson, Kennell. "What is really happening here? Black hair in African Americans and in American culture." In Roy Sieber and Frank Herreman (eds), Hair in African Art and Culture. Prestel: New York, 2000.

Peters, J. C. "Braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, and hair wraps: An African continuum." In Festival of Michigan Folk Life. Michigan State University Museum, 1992.

Pollard, Alton B. "Tools of the Spirit." African Impact on the Material Culture of the Americas. Winston-Salem State University Conference proceedings, May 30-June 2, 1996

White, Shane & White, Graham. Stylin': African American Expressive Culture from its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit, Cornell University Press Ithaca. 1998.

Photo Credits

African Origins 1a: The Louvre, Paris.

African Origins 1b, 1e: Sylvia Ardyn Boone. Radiance from the Waters. Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art. New Haven: YUP, 1986

African Origins 1d: Dr. Elze Bruyninx and Museum for African Art, NY.

Middle Passage 2.a: Yarbrough, Camille. Cornrows. (with illustrations by Carol Byard). Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1979.

Civil Rights 3a: http://www.madamcjwalker.com/index.html, Madame C.J. Walker. Permission Pending

Civil Rights 3b: Garland Hicks, Ohio Historical Society

Civil Rights 3c: Biggers, John. Ananse: The Web of Life in Africa. University of Texas Press, 1962. Permission pending.

Civil Rights 3d: Publicity@VanguardRecords.com

Hip Hop 4.c: www.alleniverson3.net