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Art activities to teach other cultures

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Peggy Woolsey (woolspeg)
Thu, 8 Oct 1998 19:10:21 +0800


>How do you rationalize teaching kids about other
>cultures using materials that are very far removed from the actual art or
>craft of that culture? Using pizza cardboard and brown paper for shields or
>milk jugs for African masks, etc.

I've posted before about how uncomfortable this very thing makes
me--totem poles from plastic pails is what got me going before. I confess I
do cringe when I see these ideas about how to make shields, masks etc. from
cultures not our own. Personally I leave what I perceive as "sacred
objects" alone, because there is so much "trivialization" of these objects,
out of context, in the everyday world. I believe we have agreed to disagree
on this one, but there was some good stuff on this at the last NAEA
conference in Chicago. Several native artists and teachers spoke on the
subject in different presentations. They felt trivialization of their
cultures was an important issue for art educators. Peggy


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