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RE: Totem Poles

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DEBBI CRANE (craned)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 20:54:38 -0500

i'm concerned about the part where you say they're ONLY third graders. i don't think anyone is going off the deep end, either. there does, however, seem to be a general awareness movement in art ed. not to minimalize cultures to their crafts/arts/artifacts. i stress again and again to my students that we, in southern indiana, can look at slides of african masks, talk about african masks, see the exhibit at the museum, but we cannot make african masks. it's not a big deal, just respect for other cultures.

art happens, debbi

From: Kenneth L. Poos[SMTP:klpoos]
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 1997 10:33 PM
Subject: Re: Totem Poles

Some of you guys went off into the real DEEP end. We are trying to give
these kids an insight into a culture. These are only 3rd graders here.
We don't have the resources and money to get REAL cedar so the kids can
actually carve a totem pole. It would be great if we could. In the
process of making this totem pole(with what we have), kids learn alot
about this culture that they never knew before. Yes, the materials have
no relation to the origional materials but who can get the origional
materials on our budget(please!) I think the kids get an understanding
of what a kachina is by making one( from what you can get) and learning
about the history and culture. They know that it is made of wood, but we
just want to try and duplicate it as best we can, with what we have.
They are learning in this process. Thats what we want.
The children may NOT have the origional materials to work with but in
the process of actually making a totem pole, kachina,etc. they are
really learning alot about the culture and the history.
Sandra Poos
Cahokia Dist#187
Cahokia, Ill.
Grades 1-6