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A Stop-Motion History of the Word 'Tomato'

Aug 12, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Caitlin Craggs

Tomatoes were discovered by conquistadors in Aztec lands and, once brought back to Europe, referred to as an "apple of gold." This clever stop-motion animation by Caitlin Craggs explores the etymology of the tomato—it’s part of a larger series of films that will touch on the origins of ubiquitous foods. Craggs is a student of experimental animation at the California Institute of the Arts; more of her work and projects can be found on her website.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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