"Native Spirituality Totem Pole Assignment (DOC)"
Ms. Soers Name: ______________________________ HRE 3OI Native Spirituality: Personal Totem Assignment Task: Using your knowledge of Native Spirituality, specifically animism, complete a process of self-reflection and create a personal totem pole. Process: 1. Brainstorming. Reflect on your place in the great “web of life” Brainstorm the following questions to create a list of descriptive words about yourself. What are my gifts to the world? What are my strongest personality characteristics? What contribution do I want to make to the world? 2. Personal Elements. Use the list of totem interpretations to find the elements of the natural world, animals and/or symbols that match the words used to describe yourself. 3. Create the Totem. Design a “Personal Totem” by combining your personal elements in a creative way. The totem may be: - An art piece (drawing) - A craft - A collage - A model - A tattoo design Your totem should have at least one element/direction, two animals and two other symbols, (stone/tree/root/animal etc.) You may choose more than the minimum elements, but do not combine more than 6-8 in your design. 4. Personal Reflection. Write three paragraphs that explain your personal totem. *Remember, a paragraph consists of at least five sentences. Paragraph 1: Introduce your personal totem and explain the combination of elements. Paragraph 2: Explain how these elements reflect you based on your fits, personality characteristics, and the contribution that you wish to make Paragraph 3: Explain why totems are so important to the Native culture. If someone found your totem fifty years from now, what would they learn about you? I/R Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Knowledge/Understanding - Demonstrates an understanding of the Cosmocentric Limited Moderately Considerable To a high worldview of Native Spirituality; nature of animism and degree purpose of totems Thinking - Demonstrates the ability to connect the element of Limited Some Considerable To a high interpretations and personal character reflection (Part 4) degree Communication - Effectiveness of the design- use of colour, symbols, Limited Moderate Considerable To a high creativeness and neatness in totem degree - Language is clear and understandable- proper sentence structure, word choice, spelling, punctuation, grammar Limited Moderate Considerable To a high degree Application -Applies the Native spiritual concepts to personal Limited Moderately Considerable To a high experience in an effective character reflection (Part 4) degree - Applies the concept of the totem to their own life Limited Moderately Considerable Thoroughly Due Date: _______________________________________________ Due Date: _______________________________________________