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Lesson Plans


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Bryce M Downing (bmd)
Mon, 13 Oct 1997 18:48:32 -0700 (MST)

While examining the art and ecology areas of ArtEdNet, I can't help
but be reminded of what I've learned of the Navajo people of the Four
Corners region. In the geographical area where the Navajo live, several
mountains, rivers, plants and animals have all been given stories to
portray their sacredness and importance. Often, these stories are
displayed, not only by verbal methods, but through pictures and symbols.
I believe that the idea of the land in which we live as being
important, or even sacred, has been lost in much of modern Western
culture. How easy it is to forget where water really comes from when all
we see are the metal pipes and dispensers.
My questions are these: Should modern art that focuses on ecological
and environmental themes strive to evoke a similar feeling of respect for
nature as that of the Navajo and other peoples of the Southwest? Also,
because some parents may hold a negative view on what is commonly referred
to as the "environmentalist movement," how can once successfully
incorporate such themes into a modern elementary curriculum?

Bryce Downing


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