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TOUR GUIDE M E T R O P O L I TA N PA R K , U S A


• WaterVentures is a state of the art , interactive , mobile learning lab that features enriching and engaging activities that offer a hands-on look at Florida’s Diverse watersheds, water conservation and recycling. WaterVentures provides experiential learning that inspires critical thinking and empowers students to make a difference in the world around them. • The centerpiece of WaterVentures is a 53-foot tractor-trailer that has been transformed into a science learning lab on wheels. The museum quality environmental education exhibits have been designed by the experienced teaching team from Crystal Springs Foundation, Inc. Creative Arts unlimited, an award winning, Florida-based design/fabrication company, was hired to bring our educational ideas to life in a creative and engaging fashion. • WaterVentures is a FREE resource for the state of Florida and since setting out on the road in January 2013, WaterVentures continues to visit schools, fairs, conferences and festivals daily!

www.WaterVentures.us To inquire about having this amazing educational outreach at your region please visit our website, www.waterventures.us or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/waterventuresfl


Dear Guests, It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 26th annual World of Nations Celebration, hosted by the City of Jacksonville. This family-friendly event is a fun way to showcase a variety of cultures and celebrate Jacksonville’s diversity. In our increasingly global world, the World of Nations Celebration gives Jacksonville residents an opportunity to explore cultures from regions throughout the world, without leaving our own backyard. As you discover the tastes, sights and sounds of the world, I hope the experience is enlightening, enriching and leaves you with a greater sense of pride in your own traditions. I extend a special thank you to all of the local multicultural groups sharing their customs with our community. We celebrate Jacksonville’s diversity today and every day, which is part of our strength. Again, I welcome you and appreciate your participation in this exciting event. Enjoy! Sincerely,

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COUNTRY ENTERTAINMENT ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Friday, March 2 • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

On Field Trip Day, presented by Water Ventures, the park is open solely to registered elementary and middle school students. This day provides a unique opportunity for students to gain a broader perspective and understanding of the world by teaching them educational facts while exposing them to Jacksonville’s diverse culture. Students are encouraged to visit all 32 countries to learn all about their customs and culture. Stop in the African Village to experience storytelling; learn origami in Japan; and stop by and learn about the different Native American tribes with the First Nation.

PARADE OF FLAGS

Sunday, March 4 • 2 p.m. Dressed in authentic traditional clothing, representatives from each country will offer a welcome greeting in their native language then proudly carry their native flag throughout the festival in this festive parade.

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Take me home and color me or you can color me here in the park. Just look for the Safari Sam Coloring Station near the Main Stage

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MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 - SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Throughout the weekend, the main stage will be programmed with live entertainment representing counties from around the world.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 11:30 a.m. Native America: Traditional Deer Dance 12:30 p.m. México: Mariachi Band

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 11:30 a.m. Philippines: Filipino Millennials 12:30 p.m. Spain: Flamenco–Folkloric Spanish Dancers 1:30 p.m. India: Traditional and Contemporary Dances 2 p.m.

Stanton Dancers

2:30 p.m. Haiti: French Haitian Traditional Dancers

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 11 a.m. St Lucia: Moko Jumbie Stilt Walker Dance 11:30 a.m. Stanton Dancers Noon

Japan: Fishermans Dance by Japanese School Students

1 p.m. Spain: Flamenco–Folkloric Spanish Dancers 2 p.m.

Parade of Flags

4 p.m. US Virgin Islands: Elevating Young Minds Stilt Dancers Inc. 6


AFRICAN VILLAGE

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m.

DJ Spotless Doktor Legacy: First Coast High School Chorus Attitudes Dance Studio Biscayne Elementary: Dance, Chorus & Step Teams Nan Nkama: Pan African Drum & Dance Ensemble Ngoma Thunder Drummers

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. DJ Spotless Doktor 11 a.m. Ngoma Thunder Drummers Noon Neo-Soul Jax 1 p.m. Gospel Praise Choir 2 p.m. Kreative Kids and Beyond 3 p.m. African Village Fashion Show 4 p.m. Nan Nkama: Pan African Drum & Dance Ensemble 5 p.m. Ngoma Thunder Drummers

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. DJ Spotless Doktor Noon Ngoma Thunder Drummers 1 p.m. African Village Fashion Show 2 p.m. World of Nations Flag Ceremony & Parade 3 p.m. Edward Waters College Jazz Ensemble 4 p.m. Nan Nkama: Pan African Drum & Dance Ensemble 5 p.m. Ngoma Thunder Drummers 7


COUNTRY ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY, MARCH 2 - SUNDAY, MARCH 4 INDIA

Indian Dance Saturday • 2 p.m. Flash Mob on Indian Contemporary Music Saturday • 4 p.m. Indian Attire and Decorations Showing Sunday • 2 p.m.

CAMBODIA

JAPAN

Playing Kmer instruments Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m., 1 p.m.

The Ninja Kids Dance Performance Saturday • 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. Sunday • 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. & 3:45 p.m.

CHINA

Chinese Tradition Dance Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dragon Performance Saturday and Sunday Noon and 3 p.m.

COLOMBIA

Danza Colombiana Dances, Coloring Activities and Performances All Day

MEXICO

Story Time and Danza Dances All day

CUBA

NATIVE AMERICA

DJ All Day

Aztec, Deer and Traditional Native American Dances Saturday and Sunday Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DJ All Day

PALESTINE

Palestinian Dance Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

HAITI

Dancing and Cultural Music All day

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ST. LUCIA

Peruvian Dances Saturday • 2 p.m. and 4 p.m Sunday • 1 p.m.

Caribbean Music Saturday • 10 a.m. – Noon 418 Band Saturday • 2–6 p.m. Les BFine One Man Band Sunday • Noon – 2 p.m.

POLAND

Traditional Polish Music Saturday • 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday • Noon and 3 p.m.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

PUERTO RICO

DJ Music, Drums and Vocals Friday • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday • Noon – 2 p.m. Dance Performance Saturday • 3 p.m. Mini Carnival Parade Saturday • 5 p.m.

DJ All Day

US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Storytelling and Moko Jumbie Friday • 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Storytelling Saturday and Sunday • 10 a.m. Moko Jumbie Saturday and Sunday • Noon Steel Pan Saturday and Sunday • 2 p.m.

SPAIN

Traditional Folkloric Dancing Friday • 11:30 a.m. Saturday • 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday • 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Spanish Lesson Quiz and Castanets All day

VIETNAM

Traditional Group Dances, Modern Fashion Shows and Vietnamese Dragon Dance Sunday • 1:30 p.m.

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BAHAMAS

Hello and welcome to The Bahamas! Located in the Atlantic Ocean, The Bahamas consists of over 700 islands, cays, and inlets. Home to the Andros Barrier Reef and Black Coral Gardens off Bimini, scuba diving and snorkeling are everyday activities for residents and tourists.

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CAMBODIA

Sur sday! Welcome to the great lands of Cambodia. This Southeast Asian nation is

home to one of the largest religious monuments in the world, the Angkor Wat. The temple is surrounded by an outer wall that is then surrounded by a moat where the only way in is an earth bank. It is known for its complex architecture and surrounding land to make it one of the most visited places in Cambodia.

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CHINA

Nı̌ hǎo! Welcome to China, where the official languages are Standard Chinese and Mandarin Chinese. China is located in East Asia with a vast landscape that covers a large part of Asia. As one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, there is much to explore—from the Great Wall to the Forbidden City or the busy city of Hong Kong to a Silk Road street market. 12


Colombia

Buenas! Welcome to Colombia, where the official language is Spanish. Colombia is located on the northern tip of South America. A wealth of ancient history, Colombia is home to the one-time Tayrona capital, Ciudad Perida (Lost City). Cuidad Perida was built between the 11th and 14th century only to be rediscovered in the 1970s. Accessible only on foot, the lost city is one of the continent’s mysterious. 13


Cuba

Hola! Welcome to Cuba! While in Cuba they speak many languages, the official

language of the country is Spanish. Cuba is located in just south of Florida in the Caribbean. In Cuba there are plenty of landmarks, shopping areas, and restaurants to visit and indulge in some delicious Cuban food. Pork and chicken are the two favorite meats in Cuba that are typically served with fruit and root vegetables grown in the tropical climate.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Hola! Welcome to the Dominican Republic, where the official language is Spanish.

The country is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. While known for their pristine beaches, the island has a history and culture worth exploring with numerous museums, colonial architecture, and other historical sites.

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ECUADOR

Hola & Rimaykullayki! Welcome to the Republic of Ecuador! The official

languages of Ecuador are Spanish and Quechua. Ecuador is close to the equator on South America’s west coast. One of the locals’ favorite thing to do is climbing the steps of Guayaquil. In this city the colonial and contemporary parts melt together. As you take in the views of the vast Guayas River, you can smell the delicious local food. On the coast of the river the fish is fresh and the locals enjoy Encocado de Pescado.

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Ethiopia

Hello! Welcome to Ethiopia, where the official language is Amhari. Ethiopia is located in the “horn� of Africa. When visiting this beautiful country, you can hike more than 3,000 meters above sea level in the Simien and Bale mountains or visit the Danakil Depress, the lowest place on the African continent. 17


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Ghana

Hello travelers! Welcome to Ghana! While there are many languages spoken, such as Akan, Dagomba and Ewe, English is considered the official language. Ghana is located in West Africa and is rich in natural beauty. The country has six national parks and many nature reserves to insure the protection of the wildlife. 18


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Haiti

Bonjour! Welcome to the Republic of Haiti, where the official languages are French and Creole. The country is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to the east. Haiti is famous for its incredible nature, especially one the country’s natural treasures, the Bassin Bleu. The Bassin Bleu is a made up of three deep turquoise pools linked together by waterfalls. The journey to get to the pools is not easy, however, along the way you get to see Haiti’s natural beauty and hear local stories of mermaids that supposedly live in the pools.


INDIA

Namaste! Welcome to India. India’s official languages consists of Hindi, English and Bengali. India is a country located in South Asia. Indian jewelry is a big part of India’s culture. Jewelry is considered a source of financial security and the amount of jewelry an Indian woman has signifies her status. There is much workmanship in the designs that go into Indian Jewelry. 20


JAMAICA

Hail up! Welcome to Jamaica. Jamaica’s official language is English but speak a form

of English Creole called Jamaican Patois. Jamaica is an Island country located in the Caribbean Sea. This island is known for its reggae music and the legendary singer Bob Marley. Jamaica also has beautiful waterfalls, rainforests and beaches to explore. A wellknown waterfall in Jamaica is the Dunn’s River Falls. This waterfall can be climbed and is one of the largest tourist attractions.

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JAPAN

Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan. Japan’s official language is Japanese. Japan is an island country that lies off the coast of East Asia. Japan has numerous mountains and volcanoes. Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain with an elevation of 12,388 feet. Mount Fuji is also known as a sacred mountain and is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Climbing the mountain has long been a religious practice. 22


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MÉXICO

Hola! Welcome to México. Mexico’s official language is Spanish. México is a country located between the U.S. and Central America. It is known for its Danza dances. Danza De Los Viejitos (dance of the little old man) is a traditional folk dance where dancers are colorfully dressed as senior citizen men. The dancers wear smiling masks, wooden shoes and a cane in their hand. During the dance the dancers act as though they are aching and hunched over like old men, with minimal movements. These movements then turn into vigorous dancing combined with trembling and coughing and falling over. 27


Morocco

Salaam! Welcome to Morocco. Morocco’s official language is Arabic. Morocco is

a country located in North Africa and is known for its vibrant flea & street markets in the city of Marrakech. You can find almost anything at these markets and wander around for hours. Another unique place to visit in Morocco is the city of Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen is known for its striking, blue-washed buildings.

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Native America Aztecs Niltze (Hello)! Aztecs speak their own language called Nahuatl. The Aztecs are

known for creating an empire in Mexico. There are myths that the Aztecs came from a missing island called Aztlan and then migrated to Mexico. Today it is still unknown where the Aztecs originated from and remains a mystery.

Yaqui Aman ne tevote em yevihnewi (I extend my greetings)! Yaqui

do not use a form of hello when they greet each other. Yaqui speak a language called Noki. The tribe is from the valley RĂ­o Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States. They lived in family groups along the Yaqui River (Yoem Vatwe), where they gathered wild desert foods, hunted game and cultivated corn, beans, and squash.

Cherokee Osiyo (Hello)! The Cherokee speak Tsalagi Gawonihisdi which is an Iroquoian

language. The tribe originated from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Cherokee lived in bark-roofed windowless log cabins, with one door and a smoke hole in the roof. A typical Cherokee town had between 30 and 60 such houses and a council house, where general meetings were held and a sacred fire burned.

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NIGERIA

Hello! Welcome to Nigeria. Nigeria’s official language is English but there are about

ten other popular languages spoken within the country. Nigeria is located in West Africa and known for its wildlife. Yankari is a national park in Nigeria that covers over 870 square miles. This park is abundant in animal life, with antelope, elephants, hippopotamuses, giraffes, baboons, hyenas, lions, leopards, and crocodiles. Yankari National Park plays a crucial role in the development of tourism and ecotourism in Nigeria.

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PALESTINE

Ahlan! Welcome to Palestine where the main language is Arabic. Located in the Middle East and home of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, this sovereign states is known for their traditional cuisine such as rice, lamb and yogurt and the famous Dabke dance. The Dabke dance is a folk dance performed at Arab weddings and is used to tell a story. The dance can be performed with a live band and traditional instruments such as the oud—an ancestor to the modern-day guitar. 31


PERú

Hola and welcome to Perú where the main spoken languages are Spanish and

Quechua! This country is based out of South America where it is home to part of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu. You can find the historic sight of Machu Picchu in Cuzco, the capital of Perú and explore the history of the Inca empire and the remains of the deserted temple to discover its greatest mystery.

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PHILIPPINES

Kamusta. Welcome to the Philippines where we speak Filipino and English. The Philippines is composed of over 7,000 islands but almost 5,000 are unpopulated and still unnamed. The Southeast Asia country is well known for their beautiful beaches such as Boracay and is actually the top leading producer and exporter of coconuts, also known as “buko� in the world shipping out about 19.5 millions tons every year! 33


POLAND

Część! Welcome to Poland where Polish is the main language. The country of Poland is rich with culture and its love for music and dance. There are five traditional dances that originated in this nation including the Krakowiak, the Mazur, Polonez, the Kujawiak and the Oberek. All are danced to popular folk music that was played with many folk instruments such as the Hurdy-Gurdy- a string instrument that plays a haunting-like sound and is accompanied by voices. 34


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PUERTO RICO

Hola and welcome to Puerto Rico! The official language of the country is Spanish.

This is a Caribbean island enriched with mountains, beaches and the El Yunque National Forest—the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Hallo! Welcome to South Africa! South Africa’s list of official languages goes on and on with the most popular language being Afrikaans. The country is located on the southernmost tip of the Africa. South Africa is famous for its nature especially what's lurking in the waters of the Western Cape of South Africa. Located just south of the small fishing village of Gansbaai, is the famous Shark Valley which is known for being the home to one of the largest populations of Great White Sharks. Shark Alley is one of the top cage-diving destinations in the world. 36


SPAIN

Hola and welcome to Spain where Spanish is the official language. You can find beautiful art and architecture throughout the city streets. Barcelona, the capital of Spain, is its second largest city with over 1.6 million residents. This is also home of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral that has been under construction since 1882 but is expected to be finished between 2026-2028. 37


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ST. LUCIA

Hello! Welcome to Saint Lucia! While the official language of the island is English, Saint Lucian Creole French is spoken by the majority of the population. St. Lucia is an eastern Caribbean island nation located off the coast of Venezuela. The island’s creole heritage along with the miles of shorelines gives the island's traditional cuisine a taste that is like no other. Saltfish and Green Figs is a national dish of Saint Lucia, slowly cooked with peppers and onions, the saltfish is served boiled, unripe bananas. 38


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TAiWAN

Nı̆ hăo! Welcome to Taiwan. Taiwan is an island country located in East Asia where the official language is Mandarin Chinese. Caihongjuan Village also known as Rainbow Village in Taichung, consists of a few houses vibrantly painted by a village resident known as “Rainbow Grandpa.” The village, originally for military veterans, was due to be demolished until Rainbow Grandpa brought it back to life. 39


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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Hello! Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago’s official language is English. It is a duel-island Caribbean country near Venezuela. Being an island, this country has multiple beaches and reefs to enjoy. Maracas Bay is one of the islands most famous beaches. While Buccoo Reef is known to locals and visitors as the best reef at which to snorkel. 40


TURKEY

Merhaba! Welcome to Turkey! Located in the Middle East, the official language of the country is Turkish. With diverse landscapes such as the Aegean olive groves and eastern steppes, the country is sprinkled with geological gems. Cappadocia is a city with honeycombed hills and unique geological features often referred to as “fairy chimneys.�

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USA

Hello and welcome to the Untied States of America! While the USA is considered the “melting pot� of the world, consisting of cultures from across the globe, the official language is English. As the fourth largest country by land mass, there is so much to explore! What better way than on a road trip? Traveling along the East Coast, travelers are bound to see sights such as the Statue of Liberty in New York; the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine; the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in South Carolina; and the oldest city in the nation, St. Augustine, FL. 42


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U.S. Virgin Islands

Hello! Welcome to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The official language is English and the country is a group of islands and islets in the Caribbean. These islands are known for their crystal clear oceans, white sandy beaches and scenic hiking. Virgin Islands National Park is located in St. Johns island, which is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. This park covers two-thirds of the island of St. John and includes hiking trails, protected bays, stunning beaches, underwater sea gardens, petroglyphs, and the ruins of historic sugar mills. 44


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Venezuela

Hola! Welcome to Venezuela! Venezuela is a country located on the northern coast of

South America where the natives speak Spanish. The country is known for its natural beauty and incredible landscapes consisting of the Andean peaks, idyllic islands, grasslands teeming with wildlife, the steamy Orinoco Delta and the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls.

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Vietnam

Xin chĂ o! Welcome to Vietnam! Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and the official

language is Vietnamese. This beautiful and thrilling city is famous for its numerous rivers, bustling cities and savory cuisine—where geography plays a role with Chinese flavors influencing the north and spices igniting the southern cuisine. Where ever you are in the country, you can mingle with villagers and sample their local dishes.

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