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Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts
2007
Native Waters Course, Teachers Continuing their Education, November 19, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND

The teachers seemed to be enjoying themselves.  As they painted on their warrior shields, one teacher commented, "I never realized how important it is to know my ancestry and its history".  We like to say, "In order for you to know where you are going, it's important for you to know where you come from."

It's always a pleasure to work with Melody Staebner, Indian Education Coordinator(bottom left) and Kim Belgarde, instructor of the Native Waters Course.  We have formed a wonderful educational partnership working with them throughout the years. 
Native Waters Course, Teachers Continuing their Education, November 19, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND

Warrior Shields, Creating My Own Identity, November 10-14, Havre Middle and Alternative Schools, Havre MT

The students were sharing with us the things that "made them tick" along with researching and learning about their heritage.  Some came across surprise findings, such as "My great great grandma came across on the boat to Ellis Island." 



Then came the painting of their shapes, symbols and colors representing the things they enjoy, their family and their ancestral roots.  All of which came together quite nicely, telling the world who they are.   Feathers will be the finishing touch, hanging from their warrior shield.

Because some individuals are tactile learners and prefer opportunities where they can actually do something physically with the information they learn, this entire project was right up their lane. 

Black Pinto Horse and Emily Yellow Bird standing with the coordinators of the programming; Sandy Wilson, Indian Education Coordinator, Andy Carlson, Curriculum/Assessment Specialist and April, the art teacher.

Black Pinto Horse created this shield and gave it to the middle school as a gift in appreciation for the wonderful hospitality of the staff and students.  Their mascot is the Blue Mustang.

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