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Have issues of cultural appropriation and ownership been addressed? Is it
trivializing the art of the "other" to focus on technique and wish that
students have a "happy modeling experience?"
Having said this, and probably having made myself quite unpopular, I think
that there are some ways to contextualize and rescue a cross-cultural art
activity around the theme of "storytelling." Students could look at and
discuss art that is used to tell stories across a variety of cultures
e.g.(Wajang puppets from Indonesia, [in fact puppets from all cultures for
that matter], quilts, Trajan's column, and Cochiti storyteller dolls) etc.
etc. Certainly I think that students should make art to tell stories, but I
have some concern about decontextualizing an art form which may not belong
What do you think?
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