Alaskan Art History Project

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Audience: Alaska region school students
Grade: High school
Course: Art, Art history, Alaska history

Class time: one week

Essential question: What influences are there in the Native artwork of an Alaskan region and where did it come from? What are some of the restraints that each region had with the type of art that could be produced?

Source material (some):

  • Alaska Digital Archives: http://vilda.alaska.edu/
  • Anchorage Museum: https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibits-events/permanent-exhibits/alaska-gallery/athabascan-indian-history/
  • Alaska Native Knowledge Network: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/curriculum/athabascan/fairbanks_school_district/ane_program/atha.artsampler.html

Explanation¬†(brief) of “what the kids will be doing”:
During this lesson, students will explore some of the Native Alaskan Native art and what influences there are to and from neighboring regions or contact from other areas. Students in groups of three will also create an Alaskan influenced 3-D art project. This art project could focus on art and clothing or ceremonial or tools or some other expression of art.

Each group will start with a limited amount of materials and supplies that are different from other groups. Depending on the focus of the art, supplies could be beads, shells, fur, different¬†types of leather, fabric, buttons, metal pieces, bones, antlers, hooves, feathers, paint, wood, rope, etc. Each group may need to trade supplies and ideas with neighboring groups or “regions” of the classroom. The resulting art project will show the effects of trade and influences that may have occurred with the Native Alaskan artwork of a region.

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