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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Indians of the Pacific Northwest

We have been studying the Native Americas of the Pacific Northwest.
We made a mask craft from History Pockets:Native Americans...
which went along really well with Raven, A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest.

We played Inuit games like blanket toss...
and made some
Totem Pole pictures.
To make the Totem Pole pictures, take a piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise.
Dab small globs of paint along the fold. You can't tell so much from this picture, but we used about four different colors in no particular order. We used acrylic paint.
Fold your paper again on the crease and run your hand down the fold to spread out the paint. You  may have to use your fingers to squeeze the paint from the fold outward.
Open the paper up and let the paint dry. Once it is dry, look at the paint and see what figures you see in it. If you can, you can use markers to draw in the details...
or you can draw the faces on white paper...
and cut them out and glue them onto the totem pole picture...
and the totem poles come to life!
and become snakes...
and bears...
and birds
and faces.


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  1. We've done this study too! You've come up with some much more creative ideas than I did! LOL Fun stuff!

  2. Our local tribe is having a a 'Paddle to Squaxin' event this week and they are live streaming it. Some stuff is a bit boring but you might be able to catch something that would be interesting.


  3. I love the ink blob project! They turned out so great. I was looking at my pinterest board and realizing that there's not really anyone who's posted about the latter parts of US history, which is kind of interesting to me.

  4. The blanket toss game looks like fun, and I love the blob art. That's a completely different approach to totem pole art for children from what I've seen before.

  5. I am registered with the Tlingit Tribe (Tlingit/Haida now)along with the boys. When we moved back to the coast, I got work with the Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon. We helped them get to Federal Acknowledgement, gain self sufficiency, rebuild a reservation, develop companies, build a health facility, and even an assisted living facility for the elders. The Tribes in the Pacific Northwest had a hard row to hoe. They are individual, yet grouped into "Confederated Tribes". They lost their individual identities. Their history is just now being written down in the last 10-15 years from the metal recording tapes. Really really Rich history over here. Y'all should take a wee field trip.


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