Native American Ownership Sticks

During the month of October, students have been studying Texas. Topics included, animals and symbols of Texas, the local history of the Richmond/Rosenberg area and the Indian tribes that lived in Texas. To go along with the unit, students worked on a traditional Native American item, an Ownership Stick. Many Indian nations would use these sticks to designate their belongings. “They were used to mark the position of an animal that had been hunted or food that had been gathered.  Sometimes the sticks were used to measure distances, and sometimes they were used in games.  Owner sticks were usually two to three feet (60 to 90 cm) long and specially designed by each family.  Attached to the sticks were feathers, leather, bone, carvings, fur, beads, fibers, dried seeds, or any other kind of material desired.”

Students used two wooden dowels 12 inches and 6 inches long. These were glued together with the shorter piece crossing the longer piece. Colored permanent markers were used to create patterns and designs on their sticks. They tied beads and feathers and glued colorful shells and beads to their sticks. These will also be used as an ornament on one of the Shady Oak trees in our Festival of Trees. I love when art and crafts can be integrated into what the children are learning in class. In this case, social studies.

Lilli N.

Lilli N.

Jayden B.

Jayden B.

Anna J.

Anna J.

Chase H.

Chase H.

Amber P.

Amber P.

Reece C.

Reece C.

Kaylie B.

Kaylie B.

Bailey G.

Bailey G.

Levi L.

Levi L.

Dane B.

Dane B.

Sophia B.

Sophia B.

Layne L.

Layne L.

Tony F.

Tony F.

Gena H.

Gena H.

Hunter H.

Hunter H.

Brayden M.

Brayden M.

 

 

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at http://www.shadyoak.net/ and http://www.shadyoakprimary.com/ to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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