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Topics~Yes!

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joym (joym)
Sun, 4 Oct 1998 09:53:04 -0400


I have a problem with this list: Since joining, I have so many topics I'd
like to respond to! Choosing is difficult, & not choosing would be too long
a post. As an art therapist I think I have a different perspective to offer
on certain topics. ECOLOGICAL ART: One of Maine's responses was to be part
of the Wallen's Walls project, educating the public about sea mammals. I've
posted the Portland, Maine Wallen's Wall on the menu at
http://www.signofthecrow.com/ExploreMaineSet.html Wallen came, painted his
huge mural on an old warehouse on the waterfront & met with groups of
school kids for Q&A. NATIVE TRIBES: There are more than you imagine, some
are government recognized, some (while historically sound) are not. From
working on a reservation for several years, I know there is a teaching
need: not to represent that Native peoples are a homogenous group. In fact,
there is a wide range of differences between tribes in dress, language,
customs, geographic location etc. Here are a few references
http://www.nativeweb.com/Native Tech/ , http://www.nativeweb.org ,
http://www.mato.com I do not recall ever hearing of a specific tribe
originating the "rain stick", but dance sticks are used by many tribes. My
guess would be the Hopi or Pueblo. Search the Web under "Rain Dance
Ceremony". VANDALISM: While it is obviously upsetting to have your art
defaced or destroyed, this kid was making a statement. Without background,
we can only conjecture what that might have been but, at the least, he/she
presented an opportunity for learning & teaching. What does this kid need
(I know, sometimes, it's difficult to care!)? Art materials are a natural
vehicle for expressing internal emotions out into the world. This can take
destructive turns, as well as being an opportunity for channeling them into
positive art making experiences. Respect of the materials, of creative time
, & of the personal ownership of the art itself can all be demonstrated &
taught. Similarly, art teachers who are willing to "make art" in class role
model the techniques, the "O.K.ness" of the silence that often happens in
the process of art making, as well as the problem solving that occurs when
using the materials. These problem solving skills are translatable into
other areas of life & build self esteem. Distructive kids? Try clay.

Joy in Maine
artist/art therapist