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Respectfully Teaching the Visual Arts of the Haudenosaunee. Native Americans of the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora Nations. Kathie Maniaci Syracuse University. The Haudenosaunee. (pronounced HO-dee-no-SHOW-nee) . Current Haudenosaunee

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Respectfully Teaching the Visual Arts of the Haudenosaunee

  • Native Americans of the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora Nations

Kathie Maniaci

Syracuse University

The Haudenosaunee

(pronounced HO-dee-no-SHOW-nee)

Current Haudenosaunee

territories can be found in New York State, Oklahoma, (Seneca & Cayuga) Wisconsin, (Oneida) and Canada. (Mohawk & Oneida)

“In some ways the Haudenosaunee of the past defined themselves through art-the art of storytelling, the art of dance, the performance of a ritual, the sacred speeches, and the creation of clothing, tools, utensils, and wampum belts – all of which produced a set of commonly understood cultural metaphors. It was through these metaphors and symbols that meaning was communicated across the generations.”

Richard Hill, Tuscarora Artist and Educator

But here’s the question...

If I am not Haudenosaunee, how can I

teach about their visual arts?

Explicit Cultural Components:

Observable Patterns

Implicit Cultural Components:

Unspoken and Non-Obvious

Assumptions and Behavior

But here’s a BIGGER question:

How can I be sure as an art educator

that I am presenting cultural information

respectfully with both implicit and explicit knowledge intact?

“A lot of Iroquoian art is narrative, the traditional and the contemporary. There are three categories; the traditional crafts that became art, tradition-based artwork but contemporary contents, and the contemporary art.”

Onondaga-Seneca Artist Peter Jones

Traditional Haudenosaunee Crafts

Appropriate Imagery

Clan Animals: Bear,

Turtle, Deer, Wolf,

Hawk, Heron,

Snipe, Beaver,Eel.

Turtle Island

The Three Sisters:

Corn, Beans & Squash

Inappropriate Imagery

“All wooden and corn husks masks of the Haudenosaunee are sacred regardless of size or age. By their very nature masks are empowered the moment they are made. The image of the mask is sacred and is only to be used for its intended purpose. Masks do not have to be put through any ceremony or have tobacco attached to them in order to become useful or powerful. Masks should not be made unless they are to be used by members of the medicine society according to established tradition.”

(Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee, 1995, p. 1)

Contemporary Haudenosaunee Art

Assumptions of a Culture-Based Curriculum

  • All cultures have value.

  • All cultures have a world view that

  • structures their values & society.

  • All cultures have an indigenous

  • knowledge base.

  • All cultures are dynamic.

From the book, “Iroquois Corn In a Culture-Based Curriculum: A Framework for Respectfully Teaching About Cultures,” by Carol Cornelius, 1999.

Guidelines for Art Educators

  • Talk about the living culture as well as the ancient culture.

  • Consult the members of the culture, elders, artists, nation teachers and art educators to learn what is appropriate.

  • Err on the side of caution, avoid sacred imagery.

  • When viewing contemporary art by Haudenosaunee artists, it is best to approach the lesson as looking at a an individual artist within their cultural context, rather than as being representative of Haudenosaunee art.

  • Ask your students what they find exciting in this is the work relevant to them? Encourage students to find connections to the themes in their own lives.

  • Avoid projects replicating the “style” of cultural art, let students find their own inspiration and connection to the artwork.

“Art can be a preserver of social patterns as well as a teacher of cultural understanding. Art can provide a structure for encountering the reality of diverse cultures through the senses, and can also offer the opportunity to experience that reality through the sixth sense “insight.” Thus, a multicultural approach in art education can serve to broaden educational perspectives, to shed light on cultural misunderstandings, and to promote cross-cultural acceptance and communication.”

Art Educator Pat Barbanell

Chief Jake Tekaronianeken Swamp

Wolf Clan, Akwesasne Mohawk Nation

“Giving Thanks” appears on the

Joanne Shenandoah CD “Covenant”

Thank You!

[email protected]


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