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This 30-minute live digital program is adapted from MOA’s in-person Cedar: Tree of Life school program. In the live digital component—presented by knowledgeable, trained MOA facilitators—students will learn about the deep significance of the cedar tree for Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples, illustrated through cultural belongings in MOA’s teaching collection. The live digital component is part of an overall unit plan, with prerequisite lessons that offer Indigenous voices and perspectives, as well as class activities. These prerequisite lessons accompany the live digital component.

Once you book this school program, you will receive the complete unit plan (PDF document) by email, along with confirmation of date and time of the live digital component.

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In this 90-minute program, students encounter examples of historical and contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations paintings and are introduced to the innovative Image Recovery Project. Using infrared technology and raking light, historical painted images are recovered from bentwood boxes, house fronts and other cedar sculptures and belongings to reveal images hidden under dirt or ash. The recovery of these images allows First Nations artists and researchers to see the uniqueness and beauty of historical Northwest Coast paintings. A visual presentation paired with a walking tour through MOA’s galleries highlights both new and old works with extraordinarily painted designs. Contemporary bentwood boxes recreated from the infrared photographs of historical boxes are used in a tracing and sketching activity to encourage students to look closely and appreciate the artists’ design skills

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In this 60-minute program, students are introduced to contemporary and historical Northwest Coast First Nations art. The tour of a select group of artworks emphasizes the importance of multi-generational teachings, the role of art in activism and resistance, and the diversity of issues and expressions in Northwest Coast First Nations. Students are introduced to a variety of stories and perspective of Northwest Coast First Nations artists, Elders and knowledge holders. The goal of the tour and discussion is to understand the importance of shared histories and to seek meaningful ways to understand others through art. The program will conclude with a framing activity where students choose a work and frame it in ways that prompt the question – what is included, and what is excluded?

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In this one-hour program, students are introduced to contemporary and historical Indigenous uses of selected plants on MOA’s grounds. In small groups, students find, identify and answer questions about plant species and share their findings with the class. Students explore methods for using plants for food, medicine, dyes and belongings based on Indigenous knowledge. Hands-on engagement with belongings from the teaching collection helps students understand how they are created and used. The goal of the program is to encourage discussions about sustainability, stewardship and our shared responsibilities by learning about the cultural significance of plants and incorporating Indigenous perspectives.

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In this one-hour program, students develop an awareness and respect for the central role that the cedar tree has played and continues to play, in Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. Students take part in a hands-on tree-building activity to learn about the distinct elements of the cedar tree. Students hear stories and handle objects made of cedar bark and cedar wood in order to understand their value and ongoing cultural importance. Students create paper weavings inspired by traditional Haida cedar hat. By the end of the program, they will be able to identify the cedar tree, its distinct components and how cedar is transformed into cultural objects.

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