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Science of Art (Episode 12): Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show (Season 1)

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This title is a part of the series Coyote's Crazy Smart Science Show (Season 1)


Catalogue Number:  AS0012
Producer:  Animiki See Distribution Inc.
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  3 - 5, 6 - 8
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  22:02


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Indigenous people used plants and minerals to get colour for their art. Métis Michif artist Amanda Strong and Bracken Corbett Hanuse from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations help the kids plan and create a mural, using symmetry, perspective and colour. 

Artist Dionne Paul from the Sechelt and Nuxalk Nations creates traditional and contemporary art pieces by spinning, dying and weaving cedar and mountain goat wool. She also paints, sculpts, and makes regalia, moccasins, and drums, gathering natural materials for pigments to make dyes. Cedar is sacred to her people and used for many things. 

Comic book artist Sonny Assu paints designs on drums, and reclaims colonial landscape art, by scanning and tagging them with 3D shapes on his computer.

An animated story describes an artist who learned about colour and earth science from an elder who gathered plants for her art. Cree hoop dance artist James Jones performs one of his famous works, and Kai’s mom shows us how to make a dream catcher.

COYOTE’S CRAZY SMART SCIENCE SHOW (Coyote Science) is a fun, educational science series designed for elementary students. Drawing on wisdom from pioneers in Indigenous education, including Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Amethyst First Rider, and Dr. Lorna Williams, Coyote Science bridges the worlds of Indigenous and Western science, teaching kids scientific concepts through discussions with Indigenous scientists, storytelling, animation, music, and experiments.

BIO: Created by Loretta Todd, a Métis–Cree filmmaker who was one of the first Indigenous women to pursue film studies at Simon Fraser University in BC. Loretta is an amateur science geek who always wanted to inspire Indigenous children and youth to learn more about science, especially Indigenous science. Using her creative skills as a creative, L. S. Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker known for powerful, visual storytelling and cultural leadership.

Best Overall Sound in a Youth or Children's Program or Series – LEO AWARDS




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