Smithsonian Institution Anthropology Databases – http://www.nmai.si.edu/searchcollections/home.aspx
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- Where can I find resources pertaining to Kenyan drama?
- Where can I find photos of the Ainu people?
- Where could I find hats native to the Canary Islands?
From the website:
The Department of Anthropology, a part of the National Museum of Natural History, maintains ethnographic, archaeological, and human biological collections numbering over two and a half million items and the nation’s premier archives devoted to anthropological manuscripts and film. Anthropology collections document world cultures past and present and the history of anthropology. Information on collections, conservation, and research is available through the databases and web pages listed below.
Searching the names of ethnic groups may provide helpful material that can be used in your characters’ backstories or likes/dislikes.