ERIC Number: ED241417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Native Americans: An Elementary Art Unit.
This elementary art unit, which exposes students to the art and culture of American Indian tribes, is divided into four sections. Each section deals with a geographical area and a tribe or tribes within that area. Background information precedes instructions for art projects related to specific tribes. The influence of the environment on culture and art is stressed and special rituals and customs are related to specific art forms. The areas, the tribes, and the art projects are as follows: (1) Southwest (Hopi, Navajo)--thunderbird designs, sandpainting, and Kachina dolls; (2) Plains (Sioux)--blanket designs, a hide project, and war shields; (3) Northwest (Tlingit, Kwakiutl)--totem pole projects; and (4) Woodland (Mesquakie)--beadwork projects. Additional materials in this unit include a list of Navajo words and symbols, descriptions of several types of Kachina dolls, illustrations of American Indian symbols and designs, a list of sources for bead supplies, and extra activities consisting of coloring sheets and hidden pictures. A 17-item bibliography lists books on Indian arts and crafts, designs, tribes, totems, and beadwork. This document is part of a collection of material from the Iowa Area Education Agency 7 Teacher Center project. (EM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Area Education Agency 7, Cedar Falls, IA.
Identifiers: Hopi (Tribe); Kwakiutl (Tribe); Mesquakie (Tribe); Navajo (Nation); PF Project; Sioux (Tribe); Tlingit (Tribe)
Note: Bead projects on pages 33-37 of the original document are missing and have not been reproduced here. Navajo language chart on page 10 contains small type.