TAG: American Indian

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

Nooner Tour (Tuesday—Friday)
Event: Tours

Nooner Tour (Tuesday—Friday)

Occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday through December 30, 2016. Next Occurs on Friday, December 2, 2016 - 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

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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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

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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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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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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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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Making a House a Home
Lesson Plan

Making a House a Home

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will work in groups to discuss and debate the many factors that make a house a home rather than simply a shelter. Working individually, students will create an artistic representation of their ideal home.

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Create Your Own Parfleche!
Lesson Plan

Create Your Own Parfleche!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

For nomadic American Indians of the Great Plains, a parfleche box was essential for transporting food and household supplies. Give students a taste of what it took to make a parfleche with this easy and fun classroom activity!

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Dazzle ‘em
Lesson Plan

Dazzle ‘em

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will view and discuss the symbols and design of the Eyedazzler Blanket/Rug and then create a dazzling symbol design of their own on either fabric or paper.

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