Northwest Coast Totem Lesson - an authentic approach
- Dear Art Educators,
Andy DiConti's link is a repeat for Art Education list - but I am posting it
This is an authentic approach as his students carved wood - and the work is
amazing. I know what all Andy was teaching in his lesson....and I also know
that the Nortwest Coast DO want us to know about their art and the meanings.
Many sites are online teaching us about their art. There are also videos - a
good one is Smart One with Dempsey Bob (if you can find it). Plus there is
an excellent CD-ROM about the totems and meaning. Not all Native Cultures
agree with everything on the "Do Nots" list.
I will let you decide which is the better lesson.
See this one that is on ArtsEdge Kennedy Center:
I am not posting these to debate - just for reflection.
My wood assemblage totem generated a healthy discussion on Art Education
list....and in the end we decided we were all in agreement afterall. I just
didn't make my idea post a wordy one.
Here is that long list of Do's and Don'ts:
This is the popular "Don't" that we art teachers get attacked on:
"Don't have them make "Indian crafts" unless you know authentic methods and
have authentic materials."
I can find a whole mess of Do's in Andy's lesson and in the personal Totem
lesson idea I posted.
Judy Decker - Ohio
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