1. Without the ability to read or write, how was Harriet Powers able to tell stories?
Harriet Powers created story quilts that depicted tales from the Bible and stories that reflected her own personal experiences.
2. Explain the purpose of Harriet Powers' quilts.
Harriet Powers' quilts provided a creative outlet as a way to tell stories or represent one's heritage. Her quilts also served as a way to record what she saw around her and is one of the best representations of African-American life during this time.
3. Describe the visual appeal of Harriet Powers' story quilts.
The figures on Harriet's quilts seemed to be in constant motion with her varied use of patterns and shapes. The contrast of light and dark colors filled the quilt with life and power.
4. What are some ways people tell stories without writing them down?
Student answers may vary. Some ways we tell stories without writing them down include oral stories, plays, art, music, dance, and quilts.