> 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
> art happens, debbi
> From: Kenneth L. Poos[SMTP:klpoos]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 1997 10:33 PM
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: Totem Poles
> Some of you guys went off into the real DEEP end. We are trying to
> 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
> 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
> 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
> about the history and culture. They know that it is made of wood, but
> 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