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Lesson Plans


Totem poles

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Judith Auslander (judith)
Sun, 06 Jul 1997 21:25:11 -0700


I am not Native American, so this comes just from my feelings. I think
that students, after studying Native art and totem poles in particular,
can make their own totems - with their own symbols. Part of the
exercise to me would be to include why they chose certain symbols, what
these symbols mean to them and their growth toward adulthood. it could
be used as part of a rite of passage. Many Europeans, unfortunately,
have lost their traditional rites of passge, so we are forced to borrow
from other cultures. As long as it is done with respect, I cannot,
personally, see the harm - in fact, I see it as power inducing. Perhaps
even asking a Native American to come as a guest speaker and discuss the
meaning behind totems, would be of benefit. I hope that I have not
insulted anyone. Judith