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.

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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.

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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

A Collage of Cultures
Lesson Plan

A Collage of Cultures

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will learn about the various artistic materials and techniques used in the Osage Ribbon Appliqué Wearing Blanket and discuss how art and people represent a blend of cultures.

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“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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