Bring Out Your Dead: A Case Study in Student Intercultural Product Development

This is a study of classroom methodologies alongside the growing influence of traditional Latin American holidays.  The purpose of this paper is to show the relationship between the cultural identities of secondary students from rural Kentucky and the view of Native American holidays from a pre and post-colonial perspective by bridging traditional visual and research elements with contemporary concepts. This was accomplished through a balancing of student research of traditional Day of the Dead activities and artwork, the development of inspired student artwork, assessment of the usability of state standards in the classroom, and incorporation of larger societal engagement with local interests and media outlets. Originally the goal was intended to develop exemplary work for presentation at local annual events but eventually resulted in displays at the Smithsonian National Museum for the American Indian.

This annual cultural exploration allows all educational stakeholders access and opportunity for self-discovery and experience with multi-genre collaborations.  The model provided will include the following core points:

1.    Cross-curricular content integration

2.    Synchronous and asynchronous cultural discovery

3.    Instructional efficacies for academic growth

4.    Ethics of media and local traditions

This research concentrates on the changing relationship, both socially and culturally, between Native American traditions and postcolonial understandings.  Special attention is given to the modern development of regional diplomatic ties.  Other areas explored include: contemporary Latin American culture, the fluidity of cultural exchange as a byproduct of immigration, and the regional influences of Aztec and Meso-American traditions.



  • Intercultural Studies

Additional authors: 

Bryan Wilson