Art & Art History ETDs


Mara Pierce

Publication Date



This project takes a look at the content and the context that is presented to children in two fourth grade public school art classrooms (Gallup-McKinley County Schools district) that primarily serve Dine children. The purpose of this study is to examine the existence and relevancy of the materials delivered in those classrooms, examining how they serve the best interest of those children with respect to their cultural learning philosophies, academic success, and self-awareness as members of the Dine Nation. The project also takes a look at how the children respond to the lessons delivered in those classrooms, particularly how the young Dine students utilize the current delivery methods to create their classroom artwork. Findings can be applied to the building of more effective curricula that speak to improving the educational materials in Navajo-serving public schools that are typically state-run.

Project Sponsors

University of New Mexico Graduate and Professional Student Association Institute for American Indian Research Office of Graduate Studies



Document Type


Degree Name

Art Education

Level of Degree


Department Name

UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Wix, Linney

Second Committee Member

Lampela, Laurel

Third Committee Member

Jiron-Belgarde, Mary

Fourth Committee Member

LoRe, Richard


Navajo, Native American, Art, Education, New Mexico, Gallup, Philosophy, DPE