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There is a lot of neat stuff going on around the Great Lakes with
connections to national resurgence in Native awareness - so, a lot of the
Native American cultural awareness is at hand through direct contact with
tribal members. There have been some interesting articles recently in
Native Peoples Magazine regarding tribes in your area. You might also
contact individual tribes. Knowing the general history is one thing,
getting to know some tribal members who are artists and interested in
coming to your school is quite another. The writings of Frances Densmore
might be a good starting point. See also contemporary books such as Loon
Magic by Tom Klein.
On 18 November, Shannon Capra wrote:
Our names are Anne Hackbarth and Shannon Capra and we attend college at the
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. We are in an Art Education class and
we are preparing to teach an informative class period on how to teach
multicultural art. We are looking for information on Why you should teach
multicultural art and How you should teach it.
We want to teach our peers about the appropriate ways of teaching about
different cultures. We would like to stay away from the superficial images
associated with certain cultures, such as teepees for Native American groups.
Or main concern is how to thoroughly teach about different cultures. We
know that background information is important and necessary, but where do
we go from there?
If anyone can offer any insight, please help us!