The purpose of this lesson is to promote collaboration between educational and cultural programming, specifically for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. The Tunica-Biloxi are a federally recognized tribe with population centers in Louisiana, Texas, and Illinois. Family members live across the United States and internationally.
Students are school-aged (ranging from 5-18). The Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program will provide access to certified language apprentices who will serve as traditional knowledge keepers. Each apprentice will provide his or her knowledge of required vocabulary or help students navigate the appropriate reference materials.
At the end of the lesson, the students will express themselves in their heritage language, and through designs informed by what they take away from traditional knowledge keepers.
This is presented as a full 3 hour session.
In this step, the group is called together to introduce themselves. We can also establish ground rules for effective communication through the process.
The traditional knowledge keepers will present a related story and song on the topic.
Introducing vocabulary for ideation.
Each student then draws on paper what their group's animal would look like. The instructor and traditional knowledge keepers will circulate among the groups and ask questions during this design process.
The students will discuss amongst themselves what best qualities they would like to incorporate into a final sketch.
With the composite sketch done, traditional knowledge keepers work with students to come up with a descriptive name for tarukantohku. Instructor and traditional knowledge keepers will ask questions to help form the background of the students' creations.
This is an opportunity to step back from learning. Time for bathroom breaks and water. A walk outside helps to recenter students' focus on their own ecosystem.
Tools and processes are introduced in how we can capture a 2D image that can be transferred to a computer for editing.
2D images captured from paper sketches are raster images. They need to be brought in to a raster editing software to be cleaned and edited. This section introduces vocabulary for beginning students. Instructor and traditional knowledge keepers will guide students through the software introduced to make a black and white image. Student groups are divided. While one subgroup has hands on time with the computer, the other can add color to the black and white sketches of their tarukantohku.
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Thanks for this lesson. We recently spoke to a group of pre-service teachers interested in how digital fabrication could deepen Humanities content and were able to point to this lesson example.