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Teaching Resources: Artful Animals

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Cultures +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This topical collection gathers resources related to animal meanings and motifs in African art. Includes art objects related to 30 animals (real and mythical!), information on symbolism, a map of Africa, activities, audio, folktales, a guide on how to look at African art, and links to other teaching resources on Artful Animals.

Tag: Africa

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

Cover (Painting)

National Museum of African Art

Antelope (Face mask)

National Museum of African Art

Bird (Herbalist's staff)

National Museum of African Art

Sankofa Bird (Pipe bowl)

National Museum of African Art

Biting Beasts (Helmet mask)

National Museum of African Art

Buffalo (Figure of a buffalo)

National Museum of African Art

Cow (Mask)

National Museum of African Art

Chameleon (Headdress)

National Museum of African Art

Pangolin (Hat)

National Museum of African Art

Chi Wara (Crest mask)

National Museum of African Art

Female Chi Wara (Crest mask)

National Museum of African Art

Dog (Moon and Dog)

National Museum of African Art

Hyena (Face mask)

National Museum of African Art

Elephant (Headrest)

National Museum of African Art

Crocodile (Painting)

National Museum of African Art

Hippopotamus (Crest mask)

National Museum of African Art

Hornbill (Figure of hornbill)

National Museum of African Art

Scorpions and Insects (Weight)

National Museum of African Art

Butterfly (Mask)

National Museum of African Art

Leopard (Face mask)

National Museum of African Art

Lion (Face mask)

National Museum of African Art

Mudfish (Figure of a mudfish)

National Museum of African Art

Snail (Display object)

National Museum of African Art

Waterspirit (Crest mask)

National Museum of African Art

Pig (Painting)

National Museum of African Art

Primates (Medicine container)

National Museum of African Art

Rooster (Figure of a rooster)

National Museum of African Art

Snakes (Bowl)

National Museum of African Art

Spiders (Helmet mask)

National Museum of African Art

Turtles/Tortoises (Turtle toy)

National Museum of African Art

Warthog (Helmet mask)

National Museum of African Art

??? (Face mask)

National Museum of African Art

Wrapper

National Museum of African Art

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Figure of a rooster

National Museum of African Art

Crest mask

National Museum of African Art

Moon and Dog

National Museum of African Art

Face mask

National Museum of African Art

Face mask

National Museum of African Art

Pipe bowl

National Museum of African Art

Face mask

National Museum of African Art

Crest mask

National Museum of African Art

Weight

National Museum of African Art

Wrapper

National Museum of African Art

Weight

National Museum of African Art

Coffin

National Museum of African Art

Face mask

National Museum of African Art