Well, our poster was quite simple. But to be fair, Curriculum A is perhaps the broadest of the five cultural standards for curriculum, so it was hard for us (I think) to get a visual hook into it.
I wish I would have drawn my “Sea of Ontology” with the Three levels of culture (Concrete, Behavioral and Symbolic) within it as an Eye because that would have made more metaphorical sense. Ie. the drawn Eye would be the lens that we view culture through, rather than the Greek idea of the sea of knowledge that bounds every life. I also wish that I had drawn it right side up.
It was cool and insightful to see Mischa and Jasmine focus in on the ovoids. They explained that in the Tlingit culture, drawing always starts with an ovoid. Mischa said that other shapes can always fit around an ovoid (I guess because it has three curves and one straight side). Mischa also said (I think) that she sees ovoids first in Tlingit art, while triangles or diamonds aren’t shapes that stand out to her, but tend to do so to people outside of the Tlingit culture and way of knowing. I thought that was super interesting. Anyway, I think our visual representation did evoke these two parts of Curriculum A fairly well:
1. recognizes that all knowledge is imbedded in a larger system of cultural beliefs, values and practices, each with its own integrity and interconnectedness;
- The ovoid of cultural ownership within a larger of ovoid of cultural context of some other kind speaks to #1.
5. provides opportunities for students to study all subjects starting from a base in the local knowledge system.
- Obviously, our poster was centered around symbols that are deeply associated with the local knowledge system – #5. All the other side drawings/text on our poster sprung up in the corners.