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SchoolArts, v94 n8 Apr 1995

"The articles in this issue were selected because, in one way or another, they all touched on the notion of tradition and innovation." Storytelling and tribal dances are examples of past, traditional methods of passing cultural knowledge from elders to youth. Contemporary youth have replaced tradtional rites of passage with their own inventions and codes. This innovation is a basic human function, creating structure for individual and social life. Articles in this publication offer activities and ideas for teaching discipline-based domain skills and creative thinking skills using tradtion and innovation as focal subject. A sample of articles includes: "Rites of Passage: Then and Now", and "Focus: Navajo Tradition and Change: Love of the Land" (Mary Stokrocki); "New Technologies: Innovation and Tradition: Computers & Weaving" (Kenneth R. O'Connell); "Personal Shields" (Kaye Passmore); "Making Memories Monitos Style" (Sharon Meek); and "Kachina Dolls" (Patricia Vining). The art of Helen Hardin is featured in a pull-out centerfold print. Related articles include "Helen Hardin: Seeing with a Multicultural Perspective" (Nancy Wallach) and "Looking and Learning: Changing Traditions and the Search for Innovation: Helen Hardin" (Mary Stokrocki). Gallery Cards present images and accompanying information on "Narrative Myths." A reproducible "Handout: A Nontraditional Game" also is provided. (MM)

Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Appreciation, Art Criticism, Art Education, Artists, Computer Graphics, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, Folk Culture, Innovation, Instructional Materials, Multicultural Education, Visual Arts

Davis Publications, Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, MA 01608 ($4).

Author: Katter, Eldon, Ed.


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