For this project the students were given the choice to create works based on two sources: The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomi DePaola, and Native American Crafts by Judith Hoffman Corwin
We discussed how the spirit of nature is important to Native Americans in the design and decoration of the objects they use in their daily lives. Their rich culture was based on their respect for the natural world around them; the Earth, sky, wind, rain, animals, plants, fire and water, the sun, the moon, and the stars.
O our Mother the Earth,
O our Father the Sky,
We bring you the gifts that you love.
Then weave for us a garment of brightness;
May the warp be the white of morning.
May the weft be the red light of evening.
May the fringes be the falling rain.
May the border be the standing rainbow....
__ Tewa Song, Southwestern Pueblo
This student created a rainbow based on the Tewa Song.
Creating the symbol of sun
Creating a collage composition based on the book: The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
The Bluebonnet flower based on the book: The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
A collage composition of the rain falling based on the Tewa Song
The blue feathers that decorated the little girl's warrior doll based on the book: The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
Chief's Blaket based on the book: Native American Crafts
For this Navajo blanket the student used stripes and diamonds, a design called Eye Dazzler.
The student created a Mimbreno eagle ( The Mimbrenos lived about a thousand years ago along
the Mimbres River, in what is now New Mexico. Their designs show the animals of the Mimbreno world- the people's "wild brothers." ) Based on the book: Native American Crafts
The student created a work based on images of Southwestern Jewelry
Creating a turtle by using rows of geometric patterns based on Ute designs.
Creating a bug based on images of Southwestern jewelry.
Learning about the importance of the horse for the Ute people of the Great Basin.