This site is a work in progress. It is a place to share the lessons and ideas I have used in my classroom.
As a Non-Native American, I have sometimes found it difficult to find lessons that were appropriate. Over the years I have tried many lessons, some were good, some were great, and some were quite poor (in retrospect). A Lakota friend once commented that she thought her entire tribe could have survived on brown paper bags...she still makes me smile! Yes, the brown paper bag makes great simulated leather...and it is free! Art teachers are on a budget. I try to have an authentic leather item to teach with so children do not get the same idea my friend did. The same goes for birch bark, porcupine quills, etc. Try to have some on hand to teach with, before you go faux!
There are still many in this country who think "All Indians live in tipis, wear war bonnets, are war-like in nature, etc." We also still find stereotypes in education. I hope to change that, at least in the art room!
I have been blessed with many Native American friends and colleagues who have helped me to understand the diversity of the Native American Nations, the beauty of the Arts and Crafts and the incredible resilience of Native American peoples.
My goal is to provide you with TRIBAL SPECIFIC lessons and maybe an idea you can use! Not to copy Indigenious art, but to learn about the indigenous artist and his/her culture. The art-making should reflect what your student has learned and is able to articulate in their work.
Thanks for stopping by!
We Are All Related, Kimberly