First Nations People - "Color and Design"
"Images are not just pretty pictures but are a connection to
the Spirit Beings in the world around us."..an Elder
Traditionally, artistry was expressed on clothing, tipis and the artifacts
of the native people. These art forms reflect the world around them and
depicted spiritual connections. Even though the artistry of each tribe
may have had its own distinctive character there were many universal commonalties.
The colors came to them from the natural world and the designs were composed
of geometric shapes, floral designs and animal symbolism. The artistry
became the signature of that person.
The students had an opportunity to explore and discuss the artistry of
color and design of their own tribe. Having done this they planned and
designed their own artistry that would reflect their own personality and
demonstrate understandings of the Blackfoot, Stoney and T'Suu Tina.
They were posted on the website with an explanation of choice and design.
Copyright for student work remains with the authors.
All else copyright © 2002 Pam Irving, Lorraine Flavelle and Galileo
Educational Network Association