1. The web site http://www.ils.unc.edu/dpr/path/tattoo/exhibit.html provides multiple links to museum exhibits featuring body modification. Compare two or more of the exhibits and see if you can answer any of the following questions:
· What is the gender distribution of the images? Do more men than women seem to be practicing body modification?
· How does the rest of society view their tattoos?
· How does the tattooing create a sense of community?
2. An online exhibit and text of Hopi katsinam (dolls) can be found at http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/katsina/. Read through the site and study the images of the different katsinam. Discuss how the art of the katsinam reflects other aspects of Hopi culture such as religion, ritual, farming of crops, social organization, myth, and dance. What do you think the increasing popularity of katsina as tourist art signifies for the meaning of these images in Hopi life in the present and future?
3. http://www.cr.nps.gov/nagpra/ is the home site for the National Park Service’s Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) information and compliance. Read the various links on the website to get a background on the basic goals and elements included under NAGPRA. Compare the resources available for tribes with those of museums. Explore some of the conflicting ideas among Native groups, scientists, social scientists, collectors, and museum curators about material remains that NAGPRA is attempting to resolve.