5th grade- Shields based on Plains Native American

The fifth grade will be learning about Plains Native American traditional art. Shields were used for physical and spiritual protection, which make them ceremonial and functional forms of art.  Ceremonial art is used for ceremonies and rituals, while functional art can be used.  Shields often depicted animals that would provide desirable qualities, like a bear for strength.

Here’s contemporary Lakota artist, James Little Wounded’s shields.

Art in Action: From National Geographic, here’s a video of the Oglala Lakota Nation’s Pow Wow.  At the Pow Wow, we see how dancing, music, and ceremonial art (dress) work together.  Pay close attention to how the Mr. Spotted Tail explains how he learned to participate in the Pow Wow.