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Sandra L. Eckert (seart)
Sun, 10 Nov 1996 12:57:29 -0500 (EST)

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You might want to look into the art forms of any of the indigenous people of
the particular area you're studying. For instance, the Carib Indians, of
Dominica (a beautiful nature island in the Caribbean, lushly rainforested)
are known for their basket weaving, which uses natural materials (reeds and
natural dyes), and their fern-root carvings; other islands are noted for
their seed-jewelry (this would be fun with elementary kids). You could
explore the relationship of the art forms to the environment and resources.
Other artforms I saw were dugout canoes, wood carvings, and rattan rugs, as
well as all sorts of things made from coconuts and palm nuts, and gourd
carvings. The natural "architecture" (straw covered huts) might be an
interesting topic to compare to other areas.

When we were there, leaf prints proved to be a good way to bring home some
of the life forms without actually bringing the plants, and were interesting
to compare to local plant forms.

There is a lot of information about the Caribs on the web, but not much
about these folk arts, as far as I found. That's what's there, though.

Other rainforests might have more animal life to include in your unit, but
since this is an island environment, the animals are small or domestic.

Let us know what you find out! I'm interested in this subject, too.


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