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In looking at what art does for a culture, you have to start with the
purpose it was created for (social, functional, symbolic, aesthetic).
For example, early in a culture, objects used in ritual were designed to
make a belief concrete (i.e. African masks to make the rituals
surrounding ancestor worship material)
Masks are a type of object that works well for looking at this topic -
they are used in such a large number of societies. If you send me a
snail mail address, I would be happy to share some materials from a
multicultural curriculum that has been used with middle and high school
Kathrine Walker, Beach Museum of Art
On Thu, 15 Feb 1996, William Norton wrote:
> I'm an art teacher from Menomonie High School in Menomonie. I have two
> questions which would be of great assistance to me. I team teach a class
> called "Multicuturalism" at my school. I will be making a presentation
> next Friday, February 23rd. My theme is the following two parts. 1. What
> does art do for a group of people or culture? 2. What does art tell us
> about a particular group of people or culture? Could anyone help me out
> with suggestions and ideas to use for these students. I would like to share
> your ideas and suggestions with my class. Any help would be greatly
> appreciated. Thanks again!