> I can't just see depriving a child of a multicultural experience >because one is worried if they might "trivialize " the project. Most of >us have >limited materials and budgets. So are we to ignore art of other cultures >because >we don't have the authentic materials? If the teacher informs the >students about >the real materials and maybe shows samples , that should suffice. We've got to >think about the bottom line on this issue. To expose kids to knowledge >of other >arts or skip it because one just doesn't have the real stuff. >MaryB.
Even if I had authentic materials, I would not make totem poles. I
am not culturally equipped to do so. I do lots of what would be called
"multicultural" activities especially working with other teachers in Social
Studies, French, etc. I don't feel I'm depriving my students, rather I like
to think that issues of respect are alive in my classroom. Thanks, Peggy