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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Native American Pottery

Native American Pottery has been around since ancient times in America (for almost 7000 years).  Pottery is things made out of clay that are put into a fire to make them harder. They are used for cooking, serving and storing food or drinks, musical instruments, masks, toys, sculptures, and many other things.

Because they are really hard, pottery has been important to learning more about people that lived in America a long long time ago.

We will look at clay pottery from the Native American peoples of the American Southwest.  Students will learn about the coiling technique and also about the different forms and stylized decorations employed by the Native American cultures.  Students will then make their own clay vessels inspired by what they see.

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