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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: art, cultural history, vocational education, economics

Timeline: one year, ongoing

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to promote creative, cultural expression In block printmaking; to produce income from student artwork


K. Schwartz
Block Print Sales



Square bullet Activities

  • Set up an area no smaller than 18' x 18'.
  • Determine the size of group, depending on available space and student needs.
  • With the group, arrange workspace to suit needs. You will need a place for:
  • designing blocks; storing blocks; inking blocks; drying prints; storing prints; tool storage; and, if possible, a place for individual students storage.

  • Design and cut the blocks. Use community people and activities for ideas. All designs should reflect the culture of the area. Follow instruction on tools for cutting blocks to achieve a variety of textures.
  • Print blocks. Roil ink onto blocks, press paper onto inked block, and hang print to dry.
  • Market prints through mail order correspondence or through prearranged trips for sales.
  • Keep record books of designs, finances, and public relations.

Square bullet Resources

  • Native associations local and statewide may be able to take orders from summer tourists, provide a place to display work, and provide transportation in cities while traveling with students
  • The State Library, for "how to" films on block printing
  • Canadian Native Prints, LTD, for a catalog of ideas on how to set up your own print business


  • Block prints can be signed and numbered for professional recognition.
  • Oilbased inks can be used if enough time is set aside for cleanup. 
  • Other printing techniques can be explored, depending on available supplies and interest. Whale bones and driftwood can be used successfully for block prints. 
  • Depending on community interest, other products could be marketed also: baskets, carvings, skin sewings, jewelry, etc.


Artist in Residence Program

Community Mural Project

Elder Posters and Interviews

Literature from Life History and Village Lore

Bilingual Exercise

Illustrated History of Eskimo Games

Freeze-Up Essays

Literacy Bank

Elementary Reader

Grant and Proposal Writing

Student A/V Presentation

"Focus on Your Village," a short videotaped news program

Developmental Photography

Film and Video Scripting


Producing a Play

Ceramics-Chess Class

Block Print Sales

Weavers Guild



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006