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Honestly, this is the only section giving me trouble in sharing. I will need to take some time to think about it. Most of the arts and crafts I've seen are not culturally sensitive and rely too much on stereotyping or do not seem to honor the importance or tradition behind the craft. If I think of something I'll post it! Before anyone posts any arts and crafts I will post some information on some of what may be culturally insensitive:

  • Paper feather headdresses, because they are culturally significant and often require permission from the tribal leaders to wear one 
  • Jingle Dress, sometimes called a prayer dress, which is often part of a ceremony that brings healing and honors the power of women
  • Any crafts that trivialize native dress (like paper bag dresses)
  • Arts and crafts that minimize the importance of Native American ceremonies
  • “Eskimo” crafts
  • Pilgrim and Indian costumes or Cowboys and Indians costumes

Or really anything else you can think of that might go along these lines.

A good resource for some of the Do's and Don'ts of representing Native American culture:
https://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/2009/11/some-dos-and-donts-in-representing-native-american-culture.html 

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I cannot think of any specific Native American crafts that would not potentially be cultural appropriation just because of the sacred and traditional meaning behind so many things people might think of wanting to craft, so I have decided I think it would be best to find crafts that honor things that are important in various indigenous traditions such as nature and animals!

So I will start with the Turtle which is important in some Creation stories!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_Island_(Native_American_folklore)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_depictions_of_turtles#North_America

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-turtle.htm

 

Paper Loops Turtle Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-loops-turtle-craft/

Paper Loops Turtle Craft

 

Paper Weaving Turtle Craft

I thought this one would be fun because basket weaving is a common skill found in many indigenous communities and there is a bit of weaving involved in this turtle craft!

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-weaving-turtle-craft/

Turtle Paper Weaving Craft for Kids

 

Seashell Turtle Craft

The use of shells is also very commonly found in Native American culture, especially for coastal tribes!

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/seashell-turtle-craft/

Cute Seashell Turtle Craft for Kids

 

Rock Turtle Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/rock-turtle-craft/

Cute Turtle Craft

 

Paper Plate Turtle Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-plate-turtle-craft/

Paper Plate Crafts for Kids - Turtle

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Frogs are near and dear to my heart because my clan is the frog clan!

About it: https://www.akherpsociety.org/kiks_adi-history

It is also included here along with some other frog legends: http://www.native-languages.org/legends-frog.htm

 

Paper Lantern Frog

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-lantern-frog/

Paper Lantern Frog

 

Frog Craft Made with Paper Strips

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/frog-craft-made-with-paper-strips/

DIY Paper Frog Spring Craft

 

3D Frog Life Cycle Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/3d-frog-life-cycle-craft/

3D Frog Life Cycle Craft

 

Paper Strips Frog Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-strips-frog-craft/

Paper Strips Frog Craft Idea

 

Construction Paper Frog Craft – Sitting on A Water Lily Leaf

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-frog-craft/

Paper Frog Craft for Kids to Make

 

Pom Pom Frog

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/pom-pom-frog/

Simple Frog Pom Pom Craft (tutorial)

 

 

Frog Corner Bookmarks

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/frog-corner-bookmarks/

Frog Origami Corner Bookmarks

 

Frog Corner Bookmarks With Template

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/frog-corner-bookmarks-with-template/

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Next is the Fox who is very important as well! Even a part of some Creation stories! Sometimes also a trickster.

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-fox.htm

 

Paper Plate Fox

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-plate-fox/

Crafts for Kids Paper Plate Fox

 

Paper Plate Arctic Fox Craft

https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-arctic-fox-craft-for-kids.html

PaperPlateArcticFox-1-600x750.jpg

 

Origami Fox

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/origami-fox/

Origami For Kids Fox Tutorial

 

Toilet Paper Roll Fox Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/toilet-paper-roll-fox-craft/

Fox Toilet Paper Roll Craft

 

Cupcake Liner Fox Craft

https://iheartcraftythings.com/cupcake-liner-fox-craft.html

CupcakeLinerFoxSq.jpg

 

Leaf Fox Craft

I bet you can find or make fabric leaves if you want to keep the craft long-term!

https://www.craftymorning.com/leaf-fox-craft-kids-make/

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DIY FELT FOX HAIR CLIPS

https://kraftmint.com/blog/2014/10/08/diy-fox-clippies-tutorial/

kraft&mint diy fox ears clippies tutorial

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11 minutes ago, Andriel_Isilien said:

These are fantastic @Vampiress! Thank you for sharing and the research. I really like the symbolism/meaning behind the animals here.

Thank you! I felt it was a good way to celebrate these animals who are so important to Native American culture and mythologies while being sensitive to the culture.

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Here are some interesting myths and legends involving butterflies

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-butterfly.htm

 

Movable Butterfly Paper Doll

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/movable-butterfly-paper-doll/

Movable Butterfly Doll Template for Kids

 

3D Butterfly Life Cycle Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/3d-butterfly-life-cycle-craft/

3D Butterfly Life Cycle Craft 6

 

Butterfly Windsock Toilet Paper Roll Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/butterfly-windsock-toilet-paper-roll-craft/

Windsock Butterfly Paper Roll Craft Idea

 

How to Paint a Butterfly – Acrylic Painting For Beginners

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/how-to-paint-a-butterfly/

How to Paint a Butterfly Step by Step Painting Tutorial for Beginners

 

Galaxy Butterfly Pom Pom Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/galaxy-pom-pom-butterfly-craft/

Butterfly Craft for Kids

 

 

Butterfly Life Cycle Paper Toy Craft 

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/butterfly-life-cycle-paper-toy/

Butterfly Life Cycle Paper Toy

 

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Bears are very prominent in Native American culture and mythology, and there are so many cool legends about them!

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-bear.htm

 

Paper Plate Bear Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-plate-bear-craft/

Paper Plate Bear Craft for Kids

 

Simple Pom Pom Bear Craft

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/simple-pom-pom-bear-craft/

Bear Pom Pom Craft

 

Teddy Bear Cootie Catcher

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/fun-teddy-bear-cootie-catcher/

Adorable Teddy Bear Cootie Catcher / Fortune Teller

 

Bear Paper Finger Puppet

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/bear-paper-finger-puppet/

Bear Paper Finger Puppet

 

Heart Bear Craft 

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/heart-bear-craft/

Heart Bear Craft for Kids

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Ravens are also near and dear to my heart. For my own tribe the Raven is part of the Creation story and is the moiety I am a part of. Raven also plays a big role for other tribes and their traditions and mythologies.

http://www.native-languages.org/legends-raven.htm

 

Handprint Raven Craft
https://iheartcraftythings.com/handprint-raven-craft.html

Finished handprint raven craft laying flat on a pink background.

 

Origami Raven

 

Raven Printable Craft

http://learncreatelove.com/raven-printable-craft/

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I love these animal crafts. Thank you for sharing. Can you share one for porcupines? We have one that lives in our yard and I think it would be cool to honour him with a craft.

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@Skeezix Absolutely, I'd love to! Happy to take any requests for specific animals if I can find some legends about them. Sounds like a cute idea! I hope your little friend in the yard likes it!

Porcupine legends: http://www.native-languages.org/legends-porcupine.htm

I know some tribes used quillwork in their art, this is an interesting read: http://www.native-languages.org/quillwork.htm

 

 

Porcupine Template Craft

https://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Porcupine-Craft-Final.pdf

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

 

Easy Porcupine Nature Craft

https://littlepinelearners.com/easy-porcupine-nature-craft/

Nature weaving porcupine craft!

 

Q-Tip Porcupine

https://thepinterestedparent.com/2015/07/q-tip-porcupine/

You could also use other things like golf tees, sticks, or whatever you want for the quills.

Q-tip porcupine craft

 

Simple Porcupine Craft

https://inthebagkidscrafts.com/simple-porcupine-craft-for-kids/

PORCUPINE CRAFT FOR KIDS

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  • 4 weeks later...

OH EM GEEEEE 😱🤯😆

these are ALLL soOo amazing 🤩 

- 🙏🏼 thank yew so much for thinking of and creating this !

 

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