Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country

Grades 3 - 12

The Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country Traveling Trunk helps teachers share with students the traditional arts and culture of several communities throughout the state in a hands-on way! The trunk showcases many of Oregon's different cultures through art forms, while also introducing the concept of culture to the students.

The Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country Traveling Trunk includes artifacts, photographs, maps and lesson plans.

Trunk contents include:

  • Instructions and strategies for using the Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country Traveling Trunk in the classroom
  • Recommended resources for students and teachers, including over 20 books!
  • Hands‐on trunk items available for students to handle in a supervised setting, including folk art objects from various communities
  • 15 lesson plans and activities have been included in the Activities section of the binder. They have been designed to enhance the use of the elements included in the trunk while incorporating important learning standards. The activities include:
  • Sharing Family Stories
  • Cultural Map of Oregon
  • My Oregon
  • Traditions in My Life
  • Interview Activity - Then… and Now…
  • Handmade Objects in a Machine-Made Time
  • What's My Function?
  • What Does Home Taste Like to You?
  • Find the Traditions
  • Culture in My Life
  • Community Celebrations
  • Cracking the Cultural Code
  • Artistic Analysis
  • Traditions on the World Wide Web
  • Independent Research Projects

Download a description of the Traditional Arts of the Oregon Country Traveling Trunk (PDF)

If you would like to schedule a rental, please fill out and return the Traveling Trunk Request Form. If you would like to reserve a trunk by phone, have additional questions or would like to view any of the Traveling Trunks' lesson plans or content, please contact OHS Museum Education at education@ohs.org or 503.306.5223.