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INSIDE ART - Native America: In Translation

Jill Freedman, Resurrection City. Residents outside their shelters relax in the shadow of the Washington Monument in Resurrection City, a three thousand person tent city on the Washington Mall as part of the Poor People’s Campaign. 1968. The Jill Freedman Irrevocable Trust.

Nalikutaar Jacqueline Cleveland, Umkumiut (People of the Cliffs) is a seasonal hunting and fishing camp situated near Toksook Bay, Alaska. 2017. Courtesy the artist.

The Fall 2023 edition of InsideART focuses on the USFCAM exhibition Native America: In Translation. The exhibition assembles the wide-ranging work of nine Indigenous artists who pose challenging questions about identity and heritage, land rights, and histories of colonialism. Probing the legacies of settler colonialism, and photography’s complex and often fraught role in constructing representation of Native cultures, the exhibition includes works by lens-based artists offering new perspectives on Indigenous identity, reimagining what it means to be a citizen in North America today. Lessons are aligned with curricular and instructional standards of state and national learned bodies in social studies and art education. 

The lessons in this edition of InsideART lessons were written by USF College of Education faculty Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz, Professor of Social Science Education and Ashlee Highfill, M.Ed. The program is co-directed by Dr. Cruz and Leslie Elsasser, Curator of Education, USFCAM, with support from Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock, College of Education and Amy Allison, USFCAM.

The links on this page allow you to download the index and lesson files of the Native America: In Translation InsideART.

  • Click ONCE on links to open, or right click (control click) to download
  • Files can be downloaded individually or as a complete archive (.zip) at the bottom of the page.
  • Curriculum and readings are available as both Microsoft Word documents (.docx) and Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf)
  • Presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.pptx)


Native America: In Translation files

Day1.Nalikutaar-Jacqueline-Cleveland.docx (.pdf)
Day2.Through-My-Eyes-Photography-Lesson.docx (.pdf)

Download Complete InsideART Fall 2023 Native America: In Translation Teaching Resources (.zip - 34MB)

Further Resources:

View the online exhibition for Native America: In Translation.

If you have questions about the lesson plans, email an expert.