Plants, Roots, Berries, and Barks Used for Natural Dyes in Ojibwe Designs
The students will identify and gather three different plants, roots, berries,
and barks used to make natural dyes for porcupine quills.
Students will demonstrate the techniques used in preparing and dying porcupine quills.
Students will research other uses for plants, berries, roots, and barks.
Students will present their findings on natural colors to the class.
Technology Equipment and Skills Needed:
Computer, digital camera, lab equipment and
other media of their choice (such as art media)
Oral speaking skills
The students will document and gather different types of plants,
berries, roots, and barks used in natural dyes. Each student
will experiment with all of the items they gathered to create as
many colors possible. The students will apply this information to
prepare and dye quills used in different forms of Indigenous art work.
The students will identify how the plants, berries, roots, and barks are
used for other purposes.
Students will research the cultural content by talking to Elders in the community, searching the
Internet, and talking to other communities via e-mail about the different
uses of native plants,
berries, roots, and barks.
Other Background Information for Teacher:
Tobacco is placed in the woods as an offering before anything is gathered
as a thank you to the great spirit.
- Shows Improvement
- Daily Involvement
- Daily Journaling
- Final Product
- Student Generated Rubric
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