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Native American Crafts - Coffee Can Drums
By The Escondido School District
Aug 11, 2006, 14:56 PST



Coffee Can Drums

A Native American Project for Kids

Materials:
  • Empty coffee cans with lids
  • Small dowels approx. 11” in length
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or crayons

Directions:
  • Have students cut strips of paper to cover the coffee can (always easier if the paper is precut).
  • Students can design their drum in any Native fashion desired and then glue the designed paper to the can.
  • Replace lid

Native American Design Reference Sites

Native American Designs
This site has a great collection of designs with very good background on each of the patterns.
Source: Buck-A-Gram

Native American Designs and Colors - Natural Dyes
Learn the sumbolism behind various colors in Native American art.
Source: Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs

What Does this Indian Symbol Mean?
"Over the years, both Native American designs (merely decorative forms) and symbols (a sign representing an idea, a quality or an association) have been subject to "interpretation" by non-Indian dealers and traders. Often, these interpretations are explained in terms of Anglo-European concepts that were nonexistent to the Native American. The result frequently bears little or no relationship to the true meaning of the symbols."
Source: Wingspread Guides of New Mexico


Suggested Reading

Native American Tales and Legends

Native American Tales and Legends

No Synopsis Available


Native American : Projects, Games, and Activities for Grades 4-6 (Student)

Native American : Projects, Games, and Activities for Grades 4-6 (Student)

No Synopsis Available


Turtle Island Alphabet: A Lexicon of Native American Symbols and Culture

Turtle Island Alphabet: A Lexicon of Native American Symbols and Culture

No Synopsis Available


Native American Crafts of the Plains and Plateau

Native American Crafts of the Plains and Plateau

No Synopsis Available





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