TAG: American Indian

Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity
Lesson Spark

Storyteller Figure Inspired Activity

Artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the celebration and unity that story telling provides.

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Parfleche made by a Northern Plains artist
Lesson Spark

Parfleche Inspired Activity

The artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the intricate and unique designs that are significant to the owner as well as the parfleche’s function for holding important items.

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Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 x 24 x 11 in.
Exhibition

Jeffrey Gibson

Like a Hammer
Opens May 13, 2018

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer—the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work—will chronicle a pivotal moment in Gibson’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage. About 65 objects created from 2011 to the present will be featured including figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and video. More

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.

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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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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

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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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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