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I can understand why some people might think that making artifacts without
knowledge of the culture in which they originate can be tacky and
disrespectful, but I try to be sensitive to that and we discuss the issue
of authenticity in each class. Besides, these el esquelitos are awsome! And
the eighth grade is learning Spanish and interesting things about the
Mexican people, they're using a different scale, exploring human anatomy,
and they're also practicing drawing, collage, and painting, too!
Thanks for your support!
At 11:27 AM 10/21/97, Belia B Camacho wrote:
>We are two University of Arizona students in Dr. Garber's class who read
>your message about Dia de los Muertos. We think it is really neat that
>your students are learning about this holiday. Anel, is from Mexico and I
>(Belia) was born in Texas, but my parents are from Mexico. We think that
>you are sending a very positive message to your students by teaching them
>about a country that is so far away from them. The schools that usually
>teach about Mexican holidays etc. are usually in the Southwest. It's nice
>to hear what your students are making in Art. We're sure that the
>esqueletos looked great.
>Another activity that might be fun for them to do sometime, is to make
>candy skulls. I don't have the recipe offhand, but I can find it for you.
>It involves cooking, but I heard it isn't too hard.
>If you need any information on any other holidays, traditions or customs,
>let us know!
>Anel and Belia