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PKI Teaching Guide

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4c. – Activity- Read Field Notes

Some of what Kane wrote in his field notes is presented in this activity. There are three locations to choose from:

  • 1.

    Manitowaning

  • 2.

    Nawash

  • 3.

    Saugeen

By selecting these locations on the map you will hear Kane’s voice interpreted in his “field persona” which is relatively unrefined – matching the crudeness of his written expression. Students will be able to experience first hand how Kane wrote in the field. Select the different locations on the map and discuss Kane’s impressions.

Classroom Activities:

1.

Kane’s field writings are quite different from what is presented in the published book

Wanderings of an Artist. Discuss the significance of this difference and whether readers should be concerned about the authenticity of the content of the latter.

2.

Research the three locations Kane visited and find out about them today. In what ways

have the places changed and/or remained the same, and why? What are the negative changes? What are the positive changes? How have the people changed? In what ways are

current representations of these places and people authentic?

4b. Video - Who Kane Met There

This video introduces some of the questions around Kane’s artistic motivation and speculates that he may have altered the look of some of his subjects to please audiences.

Concepts:

  • myth of the “noble savage”

  • Romanticism

  • field sketches

  • primary and secondary sources/

Learning Objectives:

  • understand the differences between primary and secondary sources

  • recognize and avoid the use of stereotypes

From Field to Studio: The art of Paul Kane

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