Learn about the exhibition Collecting Stories: Native American Art, which explores the range of perspectives, motivations, and voices involved in building the early holdings of Native American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition also looks critically at how in the early 20th century, the MFA lent or donated most of these early collections to ethnographic and archeological museums. After viewing works of art in the galleries, educators from the Akomawt Educational Initiative will provide guidance about responsible practices for teaching with Native American art in the classroom. Their presentation will include suggested approaches for leading discussions around works of Native American art, strategies for changing the narratives typically presented to students, and information about online resources. There will also be time for question and consideration of how American history, resilience, dynamism, and present-day indigenous communities are represented through Native American art.
Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: U.S. History