Traditions are an important
part of our life. The Native American Culture is deeply rooted
in tradition and a great place to understand the customs which
are handed down from generation to generation. By studying the
crafts, homes and symbols of Native Americans, we can learn more
about their past and our country's heritage.
Native American tradition says that if you hang a dream catcher
over your bed, it will catch the bad dreams in it's net. Good
dreams spiral around the web and pass through the center and
back to you. Your dream catcher uses rings, cording, and beads
and is a great example of Native American Folklore.
111-2 Rock Symbols: Ancient drawings provide us with
insight into the early Native American lifestyle. In this project
you'll duplicate symbols using acrylic paint on flat rocks.
Leave your own "message" to be found by future generations.
111-3 Ceremonial Pipes: Commonly called peace pipes,
ceremonial pipes is a more accurate term, since they were smoked
for important events such as trading goods, ritual dancing,
medicine ceremonies or preparation for warfare. Your pipes are
made from plastic pipe fittings and dowels though original pipes
used a specific red stone.
111-4 Faux Sandstone: Many beautiful examples of Native
American art are carved into rocks and caves all over North
America. In this project you will create your own faux rock
with Styrofoam, sand and glue and then etch your own symbol.
111-5 Sandpaper Teepees: The common Native American home
is the teepee. Traditionally made of animal hides, tree trunks
and decorated with symbols, your teepee uses sandpaper, chalk
and crayons to duplicate the design. Teepees were easy to set
up and easy to move quickly as tribes moved to new areas where
food was more plentiful.
111-6 Hands On Project:Follow a high school class project
to support Warm Up America by making afghans for the needy.
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