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Re: Today in Art Class....religion

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Rick (rlarson)
Fri, 15 Oct 1999 19:39:41 -0500

Hi, Lisa, maybe it was the use of the word "religion" I've never had that
happen and some of my kids have ministers for parents. It's like when we
talk about Egypt, I avoid using the word' religion' and stick to "beliefs."
They somehow relate to it differently..I'd love to know how you do the
Kachinas. betsy (Better write that one down for a book of kids' sayings.)

L.P. Skeen wrote:

> 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...."
> --
> Lisa Skeen ICQ#15554910
> Living Tree Pottery & Soaps, Summerfield, NC
> ~*~* A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.*~*~
> @}~~~ Religions should get out of politics or be taxed.~~~{@