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Today in Art Class....religion

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L.P. Skeen (lpskeen@living-tree.net)
Fri, 15 Oct 1999 19:46:41 -0400


Well, today was a real winner. 3rd grade class is starting a unit on
American art, including Native American. Plan is to make Kachina dolls
and totem poles from toilet paper rolls, right? So I've got my slide
projecter going and am ATTEMPTING to explain how Native American
religion holds that living things have spirits, and the use of Kachina
dolls in praying for rain, crops, etc. when the little squirts start
evangelizing on me about how "they", meaning the Native Americans are
WRONG!!!!!!!! and they're "going downstairs where the dryer is and never
coming back" (the words of one of them - they're afraid to say the word
'hell'.). One of 'em even got up and jumped around, yelling about how
JEEEEEZUS had reached WAY down to pick him UP! and save his soul, etc.
etc. You would have thought you were listening to Jesse Jackson (with a
rat-tail), and I'm not kidding.

Whaddya DO with this kind of thing? Can't just say, "Native Americans
make these dolls 'cuz they're purty...."

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Lisa Skeen          ICQ#15554910
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