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Lesson Plans

Huichol art

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Tue, 28 Apr 1998 15:06:17 EDT

In response to Wendy Sauls who said:
"i'm wondering if anyone has done any artwork similar to that of the huichol
people in which they create votive type objects (gourd bowls, for example)
covered with beaded designs of visionary and spiritual images." etc
"also, has anyone tried using cloth to make molas(from the cuna people of
panama) with students? i'd love to hear about this, too. seen and heard
lots about paper versions..."

We have a program on the Huichol Indians as part of our Gente del Sol
curriculum resource. It contains a video, teacher's guide, and student booklet
with cultural information. The resource highlights the traditions of the
Huichol people and the function of the yarn paintings and beadwork in their
ceremonial life and as methods of storytelling. We would be happy to discuss
with you on the phone how to make the sticky backing material (our method uses
wax and petroleum jelly) if you call us at (800) 913-8555. It's a bit tricky
(hot wax and all) but not that complicated. We also have a print series for
Gente del Sol that features some examples of yarn paintings. And we carry
beadwork and yarn paintings created by the Huichol Indians as authentic
examples for teachers to use in the classroom. These are all in our catalog
and on our web site ( Please reply if you want more info.

Also, we carry a great book on molas called "Mola: Cuna Life Stories and Art"
and actual molas from Panama. The book has been very popular.

Good luck with your projects!
Amy Metcalfe
CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Education Materials, Inc.
Art Education Resources, Folk Art, Books, Music, Videos, and More!
For a free catalog call (800) 913-8555
email: crizmacinc