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Re: Totem Poles

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 21:41:03 GMT

Hi! May I also put in my few cents worth. I think there are so many ways to
make and use masks and it is and has been done by so many cultures not just
the Africans. So my feeling is that we can introduce our students to
different types of masks; African, Eskimo(now called Inuites)finger masks,
Japanese and also Italian, plus many others. So maybe we should wonder why
do many cultures use masks and how do they use it, also is it possible
that we all wear unvisible masks everyday? What are those? Then after lots
of introduction and history we can make (our students) our own masks,
possibly a face we want to wear at certain times and for certain reasons.
Just a thought. Regards from the far north, Rosa
We also look at masks the Vikings made in our school.

>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
>disagree. judith
>> kenneth,
>> 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:
>> 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