Western Wednesdays – Exploring Native American Art and the Animals of the West

This eye-opening program engages children through stories and activities that will help them gain knowledge and an understanding of Native American art, culture and customs. They will learn the story of Sacajawea and the importance of animals to the Native Americans. Hands-on activities will include learning how to draw an American bison, and creating an animal-themed mobile they can take home. Other craft activities will include basket weaving, during which they’ll learn about the materials and techniques used to create Native American clothing and art.

Activities recommended for children ages 6 to 14. Families are welcome to drop in between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Scheduled guest speakers will present at the following times:

  • 10:30 a.m. — Navajo Artisan Kee Gan will demonstrate the process of making a medicine bag. Children will create their own small bag out of leather.
  • 11:30 a.m. — Artist Carla Cebrelli will teach students how to draw the America bison in pencil.  (Please meet in the museum lobby at 11:30 a.m. to be escorted to the museum’s learning center, located to the south of the museum).

Children can choose which activities they’d like to participate in; all additional in-gallery activities are self-guided by the children’s accompanying adult(s).

$5 per person for adults and children ages six and older. Free for children 5 and under.

RSVP requested. Please email education@scottsdalemuseumwest.org with the number of guests attending.