ERIC Number: ED438146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Yet Sun Heywa: Developing a First Nations Art Website.
Zuk, Bill; Dalton, Robert
The University of Victoria Maltwood Museum and Art Gallery (British Columbia) recently acquired a collection of 2,000 limited edition silkscreen prints that documents the development of the Aboriginal print medium from the 1950s to the present. Master artists from all six major linguistic and cultural First Nations coastal groups of British Columbia are represented: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, Nuuchah-nulth, and Salish. The collection contains artist biographies and statements, historical photographs, as well as video clips and interviews with artists. To make the collection more accessible, an interactive Internet Web site and CD-ROM were designed to be used by educational institutions and public schools. Many First Nations schools in British Columbia are developing culturally based curricula that make use of electronic technologies to enhance the instructional process. As part of the Web site project, local undergraduate students conducted ethnographic interviews to elicit information about the works from the artists who created them and from knowledgeable elders. The artists and elders identified which aspects of the work were traditional and which were innovative. The idea of a journey provides structure for the Web site and guides visitors from one culture to another. Along the way, travelers are presented with a number of challenges that involve looking closely and attending to various art forms, which often are based on myths and legends. An excerpt from the Web site illustrates how ideas are organized into the journey format. The project will eventually expand to produce a separate CD-ROM for each of the six cultures. The Web site's URL is: http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/nwcp/index.html. (Contains 21 references). (LP)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Art Education, Art Products, Canada Natives, Cultural Education, Cultural Maintenance, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Material Culture, Museums, Optical Data Disks, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.educ.uvic.ca/connections/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada