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Native Tech

By Tara Prindle
An internet resource for indigenous ethno-technology focusing on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples, providing historical & contemporary background with instructional how-to's & references. With technical skill the Native American artist utilizes pattern, design and structure. By studying the ideas or feelings expressed through ornamentation, we can appreciate Native American art, and begin separate it from the artifacts of everyday life. This site is hosted by NativeWeb. Your donations to Nativeweb help them to promote Indigenous resources, inform the public about Indigenous cultures and issues, and to facilitate communications between Indigenous peoples and organizations supporting their goals and efforts.

Created in 1994

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Fine Arts
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Cultures
Native American
Technology & Art

ethnotechnology, primitive, tribal, stereotypes, prejudice, quillwork, basketry, pottery, stonework, weaving, traditions, indigenous people, cordage, beadwork, powwows, oral history, anthropology

Essential Question(s)
1. Does the phrase 'primitive art' really describe Native American/First Nations peoples artwork?
2. What are the Native American/First Nations peoples traditions?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What happens at a powwow?
2. Which Native American/First Nations peoples arts are fading from our current lifestyle?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arte: Analyze a Native American poem. Create a collage of words and artwork that illustrate this piece of poetry.
2. Social Studies: Create a list of resources that contains information on one or more of the forms of Native American art. Include 'How To's' from the web as well as locations for instruction.
3. Social Studies: Crate a map designating the major art contributions for Native Americans or indigenous cultures around the world.
4. Fine Arts/Performing Arts: Study and display or perform a Native American art or dance.
5. Science: Research and create a presentation on the Native American use of plants and trees.

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