This lesson would be considered a unit. The goal is to have students look deeply at art of the Northeast Woodland Native culture both past and present and to see what meaning they can gain from the exploration to their lives. This skill can be adapted to any other culture, historical time period for any type of artwork, traditional, or contemporary. The average amount of time a viewer looks at a work of art is six seconds. An exercise such as this helps people to slow down and “see”. This technique can be very enlightening and done as a group students can see that everyone will have their own interpretations of things, but if an understanding can be brought about in regards to tribally specific meanings people can just begin to understand a different viewpoint from the dominate culture.
Sherman Indian High School
Federal Bureau of Indian Education/ Department of the Interior
One to six weeks