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Show 111

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.

111-1 Dream Catchers: 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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