Wondering what an artifact-based lesson might look like? Here is an example using Native American artifacts. The lesson examines the art and culture of Native Americans of the Southwest.
The Native American Pipe Bag
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. Background essay on the Pipe Bag
2. Super Zoom Image of the Pipe Bag
1. Review the essay on the pipe bag prior to the beginning of the class.
2. Project the Spin Set image of the pipe bag. Have students examine the image.
3. Have students report their observations. List the characteristics of the artifact as they report. DO NOT ALLOW CONJECTURE CONCERNING USE OF THE OBJECT AT THIS TIME.
4. Give the students the dimensions of the pipe bag and have them re-examine the artifact. You may guide them with the following questions:
5. ASK THE STUDENTS:
6. Point out the major design on the white background. Tell the students that this is a fine example of the “SIOUX FOUR WINDS.”
7. Note that one end is highly decorated and that the other is not.
8. Give them a short explanation of the pipe ceremony, pipe, pipe bundle, and keeper of the pipe.
[Possible Answers: book covers, key rings, and so on.]