Driftwood 'talking sticks', bead weaving and gourd rattles
five-day residency with kindergarten through second graders
KY Core Content: Native American crafts, social skills, and geography with the elements and principles of art, music and storytelling.
The goals of this residency are
- To encourage creative thinking and problem solving,
- increase individual self-esteem, listening skills and positive group communication, and
- environmental education awareness will be enhanced through using items found in nature, such as driftwood sticks, gourds, raffia and feathers.
Children will be guided to create crafts with an emphasis on individual creativity and personal symbolism. The life cycles of native Kentucky creatures will be discussed with regard to family values and the natural history of the area. A video, drumming and CD music will be provided to enhance the experience. Storytelling and photo documentation for parents and a performance piece at the school will be encouraged.
These activities show participants that what they think, feel, and say is important to everyone in the class and hopefully will result in making good choices. The projects allow everyone to express creativity while fulfilling core content objectives, and making something unique and meaningful. Respecting the validity of other viewpoints is encouraged by adapting cultural emblems shared around the globe among many diverse societies.