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PKI Teaching Guide

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Disparaging American Indian culture by blaming Indians for scalping while omitting reference to the long standing European tradition of bounties for scalps is not only partial scholarship – it is racist scholarship.

6b. - Video - Mission Statements

This video is very brief and sets up the question of whether Kane was influenced by Catlin.


  • comparative analysis

  • artist statements

  • artistic motivation

  • appropriated images

  • cultural appropriation

Learning Objectives:

  • apply critical thought when responding to visual art work

  • analyze artists’ statements when interpreting the work of Paul Kane and George Catlin

  • explore career avenues and future learning opportunities in visual art

  • develop an understanding of issues and concerns of visual artists (e.g., painters and

photographers) related to the representation of people and subjects from cultures other than the artist’s own culture

  • explore controversies relating to artists’ work such as ‘appropriated images’

  • apply knowledge from a variety of sources to the development of ideas for art works.

Video Script: Mission Statements (DVD only) (R/T : 29)

Kane may have taken at least part of his inspiration for his ambitious project from American artist George Catlin, whose exhibition Kane had visited while in London. Perhaps Kane imagined he could accomplish in British North America what Catlin had achieved on the American frontier.

Listen to their two mission statements and compare and interpret them for yourself.

Proceed to 6d: Hear Statements

6d. - Activity – Hear Statements

From Field to Studio: The art of Paul Kane

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