TAG: American Indian

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Wendy Red Star with her daughter Beatrice
Event: Artists & Studios

Everyday Indian

an Interview with Beatrice Red Star Fletcher
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm3:00pm.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Wendy Red Star will interview her 9-year-old daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher, about Beatrice’s new photo series Everyday Indian. More

Wendy Red Star, Pretty Medicine Pipe & Old Crow (1873 Crow Delegation), 2017
Event: Lectures & Programs

Wendy Red Star: Decolonizing Photography

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm8:00pm.

Historical photography of Native people is widespread and many of these images become iconic and appropriated as part of American popular culture. But what is missing from our understanding of these photographs? More

Beatrice and Wendy Red Star
Event: Tours

Tour with Beatrice Red Star Fletcher & Wendy Red Star

Occurs every day through December 29, 2016. Next Occurs on

Wendy Red Star and her daughter Beatrice Red Star Fletcher will take you on a kid-friendly tour of the DAM's art galleries. Beatrice will share a child's perspective of some objects in the museum collection. More

Nancy Blomberg
Blog: Behind the Scenes

New Grant Endows Native Arts Curator

The Denver Art Museum recently received a major challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation benefiting our renowned Native arts department. More

Blanket/Rug with bright red, white, and blue patterns in various shapes
Art Exploration

Weaving with Various Materials

Young children make creative choices while practicing fine motor skills of weaving and threading using various materials, also exposing them to textures and creative elements.

Provide an 8x10 piece of felt that has slits one inch a part almost the entire width of the piece. Leave a one inch space around the entire felt piece as a border.

Provide various material choices to weave in and out of the slits.

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Artist Melanie Yazzie
Lesson Spark

Collecting Things

As seen in her interview, artist Melanie Yazzie is never at a loss for ideas because she collects objects and images for a wall of inspiration in her studio. 

In my home studio space, I collect a lot of sort of knick-knacks from different places, and I’m really inspired by antiques, different really special objects and the collecting of those objects and special things.

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Hopi Eagle Dancer, Dan Namingha, 1995
Creative Practice

Sorting Box

Support children in building connections through looking closely and sharing their thoughts on the relationships between art objects and everyday materials. 

This routine will encourage children to relate their personal knowledge of a concrete object with a more abstract image. Students will explore how artists make choices when creating as they investigate different colors, textures, and shapes.

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Students learning about American Indian Art on a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip

American Indian

Grades 1–6

Through the DAM’s diverse American Indian art collection, students explore the role of artists, and gain understanding of American Indian history and culture.

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Still photo from video of Gerald Montour talking about why he dances
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Community Members Tell Why We Dance

Exhibition On View through August 14

With video, artworks, and dance regalia, the local Native community shares their take on dance and dance-related art. More

“Sight” the Evidence
Lesson Plan

“Sight” the Evidence

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will collaboratively write an age-appropriate, one-paragraph description of the Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug, citing specific examples from a close reading of the image and referencing the informational text as needed.

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What to Wear
Lesson Plan

What to Wear

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will learn about The Things I Have to Do to Maintain Myself and what the Kosha is wearing and why. They will then tour a place they are familiar with, such as their school, and locate where they are on a map of the building.

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Family Stories
Lesson Plan

Family Stories

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25 minute lesson

This lesson focuses on Roxanne Swentzell’s sculpture Mud Woman Rolls On to evoke thoughts about families and their stories. Students create their own picture story about family.

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Moving House
Lesson Plan

Moving House

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss the connection between geography, climate, and the food supply needs of people who lived in the Tipi. They will use the same considerations to create a written or visual description of an ideal movable home for themselves.

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Pack your Parfleche!
Lesson Plan

Pack your Parfleche!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

If you lived a nomadic lifestyle like many of the American Indians of the Great Plains, what items would you be sure to pack? Invite students to imagine themselves out following herds of buffalo as they “pack” their virtual parfleche boxes!

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History Detectives
Lesson Plan

History Detectives

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will act as history detectives to uncover the purpose of and influences behind the Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug.

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