TAG: American Indian

What’s in a Story?
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What’s in a Story?

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine The Things I Have to Do to Maintain Myself and write a story about the piece.

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How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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How Coyote Came to Shuffle Off to Buffalo

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 45 minute lessons

Students will use Harry Fonseca’s painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo #V to spur their imaginations. They will write their own stories about how Coyote came to dance on stage dressed up as Uncle Sam.

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Something Old, Something New
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Something Old, Something New

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

This Zia Pueblo Storage Jar provides the perfect centerpiece for an engaging discussion that challenges students to examine the importance of traditional knowledge shared from one generation to the next as well as the value of new ideas and innovations.

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“Sight” the Evidence
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“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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Her Story of Now
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Her Story of Now

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 50 minute lessons

Students will tell a story or recount an experience that they believe has importance and relevance to contemporary society and their community. Students will support their opinion with appropriate information and follow an age-appropriate writing process.

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Making History to Go
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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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Making a House a Home
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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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A Collage of Cultures
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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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Something Completely Unexpected
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Something Completely Unexpected

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two to Four 50 minute lessons

Students will use innovation to create an object and develop the illusion that it is made from something not traditionally associated with the nature of the object.

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Moving House
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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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American Indian Art History Detectives
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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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Over, Under, Dazzle!
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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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Family Stories
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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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What the Portrait Tells You
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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
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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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Dancing with Coyote
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Dancing with Coyote

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25—30 minute lesson

Students will use Harry Fonseca’s painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo to spur their imaginations as they dance and dress up in costumes.

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The Sequence of Events
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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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Stories of Home on My Home
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Stories of Home on My Home

Secondary (grades 6-12)
Two to Three 50 minute lessons

In this lesson students will research topics related to the Lakota Tipi, migration, and the concepts of home and memories. They will then use empathy and their imaginations to complete writing and visual art activities.

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History Detectives
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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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