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>Debbie, maybe we aren't able to make "Real" African masks, but couldn't
>kids have the pleasure of creating their own mask. It doesn't have to
>be called an African mask, but rather, a mask that speaks to them about
>something important in their life. Why should they miss the opportunity
>and the fun and the learning experience of making an African style mask
>just because they are not African. We need to take the art of other
>cultures and learn from, even adapt them so they mean something to us.
>At least this is the way I feel. You are of course welcome to
>DEBBI CRANE wrote:
>> 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