Currently on view in the Katsina Gallery
Part of the Native American Program
Danforth Art’s permanent collection of Katsina Dolls shows a unique range of Hopi Native American artwork. Katsina Dolls play a significant role in how the Hopi seek to understand and represent both their cultural and spiritual experiences in the world. In much the same way that the Katsina Dolls serve as a teaching tool for young Native American children to learn about their culture, the Danforth Art’s collection has also played an integral part in the Framingham Public School’s third grade curriculum through our Native American Program. Visitors and students alike observe these skillfully-crafted dolls that have evolved from the Native American belief of spirits in nature.
The Native American Program is an integrated arts and social studies program that supports public schools curriculum. Each year nearly 800 third grade students from Framingham and surrounding communities visit the Museum for tours of our Native American Collection, followed by related hands-on art activities in the School. This program explores the relationships between art, culture, geographic location and natural resources. Students will compare the climate and natural resources of the Southwest, Northwest, and Northeast, considering each region’s natural resources and their influence on Native American crafts. Students will also visualize a Hopi Katsina ceremony, and see artwork by contemporary Native American artist, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith.
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