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TSÈHÉSENÈSTSESTOTSE
(The Big Dipper)

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Select your approach to this story:

So what's the background to this story? How can you use it? See the placeholder video below for some advice from educator Naomi Tendulkar.

A Northern Cheyenne story

A Northern Cheyenne story

OVERVIEW

Grade level: 6

Duration: 2x 45 minute sessions

In the lesson, students will create their own landscape including a foreground, middle ground, and background. Using colored pencils, students will work to create the illusion of depth in their drawing and to tell a story about the place they are creating, including details that reflect their own identity.

First Voices head of education Mary Serbe gives some more suggestions below.

PREPARING FOR THE LESSON

Begin by taking a long moment to really look at the artwork, then discuss the viewing questions for Kevin Red Star’s Untitled work and discuss the viewing questions with the students using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). 

THE STORY

This is the video itself, created by students as they interpreted the story [placeholder]. 

THE LESSON PLAN

Use this PDF for more details on how to manage the lesson.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Scroll down for some videos of the artists involved talking about their process.

First, Chontay Standing Rock (Chippewa Cree) who composed and performed the music.

Next, Sammy Jo Bird (Blackfeet) who did the beautiful artwork talks about her process.

A creation story

A creation story

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