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Portrait of an Indian Chief by Henry Balink, 1917 Oil on canvas

Native American Life, Then & Now

School Group Tour

Native American Life, Then & Now

Tour Description

Students learn how artists communicate ideas about culture and historical events through their work.  This tour focuses on the culture of Native tribes who lived west of the Mississippi, and the impacts on them as settlers arrived in the West.   Use of proper art vocabulary and identification of basic elements of art -line, shape, color and texture are emphasized.  Armed with a viewfinder, students look closely for cultural clues in their search for information about Native Americans, pioneers, and immigrants.

Tour duration 90 min.

Florida Education Standards

VA.2.C.1.1 | VA.2.C.3.1 | VA.2.S.1.3
VA.2.S.1.4 | VA.2.H.1.1 | VA.2.H.1.2
VA.2.H.2.1 | SS.2.A.2.1 | SS.2.A.2.2
SS.2.A.2.3 | SS.2.E.1.1 | LAFS.2.SL.1.1
LAFS.2.SL.1.2 | LAFS.2.SL.1.3


To identify cultural differences in Native American tribes who live in the West
To comprehend the effects of immigrants and settlers on Native Americans living in the West
To recognize how the elements of art are used in a painting or sculpture to express ideas
To communicate using a visual art vocabulary
To learn museum etiquette


Cultural identity of Navajo, Tlingit, Lakota Sioux, and Santa Clara Pueblo Indians
The role of bison in Plains Indians cultures and how it changed as immigrants arrived in the West
The ongoing role of celebration in Native culture
The use of elements in different styles, time periods and cultures
The use of elements of art in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art works
How artists use realistic and abstract elements to express the same ideas
Museum etiquette

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art