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Re: Art activities to teach other cultures

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 08 Oct 1998 11:49:24 -0600

>>>>Maahmaa asked:
How do you rationalize teaching kids about other cultures using
materials that are very far removed from the actual art or craft of that

My students and I discuss the "authentic materials" then I explain
that we do not have the money or materials, time, tools, etc to recreate
a Hatian metal cut out, for example. Therefore, we are going to use
their idea, the materials we have, and learn some new skills while we
are at it. Also, never copy their work... use it as a starting point.
Due to my location, on the Navajo Reservation, about 30 miles from the
Hopi Reservation, I feel it is wisest to leave imitation Kachinas made
from toilet paper tubes and imitation sandpaintings out of my
curriculum. A friend of mine described the differences in values between
cultures around here quite well. There is a ski area near Flagstaff that
is a sacred place to many of the local tribes. They feel skiing there is
the same as skateboarding in the Vatican. Get my drift? I feel
discussions of the differences in values are healthy for the students.
On the other hand.... what is postmodernism anyway?

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School