Native American Art

(Discover Art)

submitted by Linda Ruley, Otter, Troop 138


This badge may be earned multiple times.  Once for each region of the U.S. (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest)


(You may use any higher level requirement as optional requirements.)



Penguin:  Do three requirements including the two starred and one optional.

Otter:  Do four requirements including the two starred and two optional.

Dolphin:  Do five requirements including the two starred and three optional.

Butterfly:  Do six requirements including the two starred and four optional.

Eagle:  Do seven requirements including the two starred and five optional.

Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred and five optional.



_____ 1.*  Choose a specific region of the United States and learn be able to name at least 3 tribes who lived there.  (Northeast, Southwest, Northwest, Southeast).  Identify the forms of artwork made by these tribes. (i.e. which tribe is known for what kind of artwork in general.)


_____ 2.*  Explain how one type of artwork is made  (pottery, baskets, rugs, jewelry etc.) and  name the materials needed.



Optional Requirements:


_____ 3.  Visit a Native American Art  Museum or exhibit.


_____ 4.  Create a piece of art in the style of the region you are studying. (This requirement may be repeated.)


_____ 5.  Make a drawing of art styles and patterns used in Native American art.


_____ 6.  Name one famous Native American artist (living or not) and what form of art they make.  If you cannot see samples in person, find pictures online or in books.


_____ 7.  Discuss which Native American art form is your favorite (jewelry, pottery, rugs, baskets, carvings etc.) and why.


_____ 8.  Participate in a service project that involves Native American art.  You might volunteer to help with a local exhibit, make your own crafts in the Native American styles to sell and make money for a charity, or teach younger children how to make art pieces of their own.


_____ 9.  Learn about the patterns and symbols involved in Native American art.   What do they mean?


_____ 10.  Learn the differences between the style and materials used for a specific art form in your region as compared to the Native American art forms in a different region.  For example what materials were used for weaving or baskets?  How do the designs differ?