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Artful Animals: Storytelling and Symbol

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Social Studies +5 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This student activity explores African animal symbolism through visual art and folktales. Twelve animals are profiled, including leopards, primates, spiders, chameleons, and the mythical chi wara. Includes objects, an audio folktale ('The Leopard’s Drum’), short answer questions, a creative writing exercise, and opportunities to learn more.

Tag: Africa

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.

Asafo flag

National Museum of African Art

Face mask

National Museum of African Art

Mask

National Museum of African Art

Face mask

National Museum of African Art

Medicine container

National Museum of African Art

Bowl

National Museum of African Art

Mask

National Museum of African Art

Figure of a rooster

National Museum of African Art

Headdress

National Museum of African Art

Bowl

National Museum of African Art

Headrest

National Museum of African Art

Turtle toy

National Museum of African Art

Crest mask

National Museum of African Art