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After-school art program: "Native American Voices of the Mojave Desert"

Following the success of the 2007 "Old Spanish Trail" educational art program, Main Street Murals partnered with the BLM's Barstow Field Office Desert Discovery Center to head a unique 2008 arts program entitled "Native American Voices of the Mojave Desert." On Friday, August 22, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. the BLM Barstow Field Office Desert Discovery Center will host a screening of the program. (text continues below)

A demonstration of Native American pottery making...
A demonstration of Native American pottery making 
...keeps the group's attention
Students watch and listen during the pottery demonstration

This hands-on after-school program, involved elementary students from seven schools in the Barstow area. Students were led on a journey of discovery involving a diverse program that satisfied California curriculum standards in Language Arts, Mathematics, History, social science, science, visual and performing arts, The educational program ran for 5-months and involved a series of presentations, fieldtrips and workshops. These activities were designed for the students to research several tribes of the region, their natural habitat and uses of their surrounding plant and animal life as a means of shelter, nutrition and natural remedy. Social structure, rituals and ceremonies within tribes were explored, as well as how tribal life adapted and changed through the development of our country.

Students participated in authorized field trips to cultural sites on public land displaying petroglyphs and pictographs. Being there in person allowed the students a visual interpretation of Native American history and challenges. The students kept a journal detailing their discoveries and used all the information they gathered to create interpretative drawings which were used as the basis of the final mural projects which are currently on display at the Desert Discovery Center and on the corner of Barstow Rd. and Main St. in Barstow, CA.  

You can view an online video of this educational journey at the Main Street Murals website.

The BLM Barstow Field Office is grateful to partners such as Main Street Murals who help us accomplish the BLM mission through environmental education.

A Native American woman shows how baskets are made
A Native American woman shows how baskets are made

A student mural depicts Native Americans in the Mojave Desert
A student mural depicts Native Americans in the Mojave Desert

A display shows some of what students learned
A display shows some of what students learned

- Rose Beardshear, BLM Barstow Field Office, 8/08


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 345


 
Last updated: 08-20-2008