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kachina dolls


Date: Wed Aug 15 2001 - 19:03:40 PDT

In a message dated 8/15/01 4:51:04 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< Anyone have a simple lesson on kachina dolls? Our seventh grade teacher
 is studying them.
 Brenda Robson >>

Yes I do. Six years ago I did a lesson on Kachina Dolls as my son had a small
collection and I could show the kids the real thing. I had every child bring
in a
medium sized detergent bottle - rinsed out. We studied photos and coloring
pages (Dover I think) for some ideas, discussed how these dolls weren;t the
one played with but ones used to teach and that they belonged to the Hopi
We would only be making figures like them not real Hopi Kachina. Each child
then made colored drawings planning their Kachina. After this they were
ready to papier
mache their detergent bottles. Once the right shape they added beads, paint
feathers. They turned out really nice. Some with odd shapes due to the
bottle shapes. I would rather have used bass or poplar wood as traditional
Americans did but elementary kids can;t be trusted with anything sharper than
their fiskar scissors and they do enough damage with them. I presented this
lesson as respectfully as I could - we talked about the Hopis beliefs and how
should respect others from other cultures. Another year we used toilet paper
tubes and they turned out very nice too but I prefer the artistry that the
detergent bottles lend to the project - odd shapes that give an extra
Good luck. Roberta.