Native American Art

One of the wonderful things about visiting a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is exploring the visual art and architecture there. The Wilderness Lodge really captures the feeling of being in the Pacific Northwest with its towering timbers and totem poles inside and its relaxing brooks and trails outside.

If you want to explore Native American art and artifacts, you’ve come to the right place. Choose any floor of the Lodge, and you’ll find recreations, artworks, and crafts inspired by 18th and 19th century Indian tribes and the artists who painted them.

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The lobby has a great collection of headdresses, moccasins, and other accessories. Many of the upper floors display paintings and prints inspired by the works of Charles Bird King, who painted many portraits of significant American Indian leaders during the early 1800s.

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Looking at these works, you can get a real sense of the pride those early people felt for their tribes and their land. See how many works of art you can spot during your next visit.

FL Sunshine State Social Studies Standards:
SS.1.A.2.2, SS.2.A.2.2, SS.5.A.2.2
FL Sunshine State Visual Arts Standards:
VA.K.H.1.1, VA.K.H.2.3, VA.1.H.1.1, VA.1.H.2.3, VA.1.H.3.1, VA.2.H.1.1, VA.2.H.2.2, VA.3.H.2.1, VA.4.H.1.1, VA.4.H.1.3, VA.5.H.1.1

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Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Whether you’re staying at or just visiting Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, there’s plenty to learn while you’re there.
This resort is themed around our great National Park lodges and the Pacific Northwest. As you look around, you’ll spot nods to the wildlife, Native American influences, and natural wonders of the area.

A centerpiece of the lobby is the 80 ft tall fireplace that replicates the geologic makeup of the Grand Canyon. On each floor of the resort, you will find a case that shows examples of the rocks, fossils, and minerals that are found in each canyon layer, on level with the layers in the fireplace.

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From the balconies in the lobby, little ones can have fun spotting the different animals carved into the towering beams or painted on the giant totem poles. And if you’re wandering outside, challenge the kids to look for buffalo tracks in the sidewalks.

 

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.1.E.6.1, SC.2.E.6.1, SC.3.G.2.5, SC.4.E.6.2, SC.6.E.6.1, SC.7.E.6.4