Totems

Based on: Northwest Native North American Tribes

Artwork Used: Personal copies of totems copied from online researched articles (4/5 curriculum covers a multicultural curriculum every other year)

Submitted by: Dawn Forsberg

Grade Level: 4/5

Materials:

  • 2 coconuts per person
  • Assortment of seeds, berries, acorns, sticks
  • Acrylic paints (red, blue, black, yellow)
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Glue gun and/or tacky glue

Instructions: 

  • STEP 1:Following the North American totem design tradition, students are instructed as follows: the top layer of the coconut should be designed to represent an animal that is meaningful to the student.  The bottom layer of the coconut totem should be designed to represent an important event or important people in the students’ life.STEP 2:Students write their names on the bottom of the coconut totem. Students first paint the two layers of the totem with the acrylic paint following the guidelines from step 1.STEP 3: (Optional): Students then glue the natural materials (seeds, sticks, acorns, etc) to add further detail to their individual totems. The glue gun works better for the heavier materials.
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