Art and Culture of the Plains and Prairie Indians

Sharyn Brooks Katzman [ view artist bio ]


Paintings of Native Americans by early expedition artists and the work of Indians themselves introduce the art and culture of the people who gave their names to Missouri and Kansas. Sharyn's demonstration of traditional leather bead-working is enhanced by hands-on examination of tools and supplies. Students learn to create a Winter Count, a pictorial way many Native Americans told the history of their group. Emphasis is placed on the continuity of Indian culture to the present day. 




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Grade Levels: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Fees: $110 for 1 workshop; $95 each, for 2 or more workshops on the same day / The break between workshops must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 30

Availability: Monday-Thursday; Friday mornings

Program Length: 45 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: art and culture of the plains and prairie indians

Requirements: Screen and extension cord; slide projector recommended but not required

Standards: 1.1 1.1 Knows how a culture's art works and artifacts reflect its values and beliefs.1.6 1.6 Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.1.7 1.7 Knows how a culture's rules reflect its values and beliefs.5.2 5.2 Knows what individuals and groups have played major roles in historical events and what were their aims, challenges and accomplishments.7.3 7.3 Engages in active listening.11.2 11.2 Understands characteristics of works in various art forms that share similar subject matter, historical periods or cultural context.& 15.1

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