I spoke to many Native Americans over the internet while I did this unit
and the Iroquois had a lot of problems with my doing anything with the false
face stuff. Many of these so called "art" objects (labeled as such by white
men) are sacred to the specific tribes, so use discretion. I tend to
present their art, talking about its uses in the culture while stressing the
sacred quality of the objects. Later, we make our own masks or figures. In
short, we don't try to COPY the Native work. Most kids explore the
materials with their own personality and skill and copies rarely result.
You could do a mask theme looking at masks from many tribes. Or a housing
theme looking at building some miniature models (adobe, teepee, stick
construction etc.) from different geographical areas. Even the shoes varied
from tribe to tribe. This helps the kids learn how geography and climate
influenced clothing and housing styles
The possibilities are endless.