Traditional Arts at DZ

Goldbelt Heritage Foundation in cooperation with Dzanti K’i Heení Middle School is teaching two 7th and 8th grade classes the Northwest coast Traditional art for the two semesters of the 2013 -14 school year.

This art class begins with traditional form line design as a basis for all Northwest Coast Art. Students then move into studying the different clan crests of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian nations. Students gain hands-on design skills through practicing drawing the three major form lines. Students then apply their form line skills to drawing a native design crest. These designs are painted onto a student made drum (the 14 inch drum kits were furnished by Goldbelt Heritage Foundation). Students also make drum bags to carry the drums.  Next, students delve into learning about traditional Raven’s Tail weaving.  In addition weaving a pouch with traditional yarns, students learn the math skills needed to create a woven design. Throughout the course students work with traditional artists from the community and integrate math, heritage language and literacy skills.

The first semester students set the stage for the new group of 7th and 8th grade students coming into the class after the holidays. This class is an elective course.

Click Link to view/print brochure: Northwest Coast Art Class Brochure

1st project Drum making and crest paintings.


Weaving Ravens Tail Treasure pouch.


Weaving, Drumming, painting House Screen of Dzanti K’i Heeni ; A Wolverine with Delphine Decker artist.

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