TAG: American Indian

Talk at 12 (Wednesday & Friday)
Event: Tours

Talk at 12 (Wednesday & Friday)

Occurs every Wednesday and Friday. Next Occurs on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:00pm12:30pm.

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. 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

Making History to Go
Lesson Plan

Making History to Go

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 40 minute lessons

After learning about the artistry and cultural importance of the Lakota Tipi, students will use their imaginations and creativity to make tipis that tell stories about their own lives.

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Over, Under, Dazzle!
Lesson Plan

Over, Under, Dazzle!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will become familiar with the weaving process and create a paper weaving that includes designs inspired by the Navajo Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug.

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What the Portrait Tells You
Lesson Plan

What the Portrait Tells You

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

This lesson focuses on the use of portraiture to provide information about a person.

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Abstract Representation
Lesson Plan

Abstract Representation

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will choose an issue, event, or object important to their lives and represent it symbolically with original abstract designs.

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American Indian Art History Detectives
Lesson Plan

American Indian Art History Detectives

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Parfleche boxes were an essential storage container for the nomadic American Indians of the Great Plains that followed the herds of bison that once occupied large sections of the United States.

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The Sequence of Events
Lesson Plan

The Sequence of Events

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine and discuss the Tipi and interpret information presented orally, visually, and in text. They will summarize important ideas and identify and list a sequence of events.

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