Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Friday, August 29, 2008



We've been adding covers to our catalog at LibraryThing. Messing around with books is always a pleasure, and some of these cover images are just terrific.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Blogging Children's Books

Muscogee (Creek) author Cynthia Leitich Smith has posted an interview with the Abenaki author, Joseph Bruchac, on her blog, cynsations. Leitich Smith writes for all ages of native children, and we have three of her books in the collection: the lovely picture book, Jingle Dancer; a collection of stories for middle-school age kids, Indian Shoes; and a teen novel, Rain Is Not My Indian Name. Joseph Bruchac also writes for all ages, and has published scores of books; we have too many to list here (about 30!!)

We learned about this interview from Nambe Pueblo teacher Debbie Reese. We use her blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, as a reliable source of suggestions for titles to hunt for (as well as titles to avoid). She has strong opinions, and is always entertaining to read...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Laughing Boy

One of our readers spotted a copy of Oliver La Farge's classic 1929 novel about Navajo life, Laughing Boy, at the Goodwill. It's being processed for the library and will soon be available for checkout.

Please keep us in mind. We are always grateful for any suggestions, donations, and book scouting!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


This weekend there was an interesting editorial in the New York Times, Broken Justice in Indian Country. The author, Bruce Duthu, is a Native and a legal scholar; we have his new (2008) book, American Indians and the Law.

We have a few other legal titles, not too many. Stephen L. Pevar, The Rights of Indians and Tribes. Wilcomb E. Washburn, Red Man's Land, White Man's Law. Time to hunt for more.

Friday, August 8, 2008

A Little Pile of New Culture Books...

We have a dozen or so new culture titles, some for adults and some for children. They are being processed and should be ready to check out by the time you wander over to the library. One of the most interesting is Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee, by Indian authors Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior. The book was published about ten years ago, but has the advantage of having been written by academics who are Native (Comanche & Osage, respectively).

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Breaking Dawn

It's here. Be the first to check it out!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Science on the Web

This is too cool not to share. Yesterday's entry at SpaceWeather.com pointed out a movie from NASA's Stereo-B spacecraft of an eruption on the sun. SpaceWeather says, "The movie spans a two day period, July 12-14, and shows a blob of gas five times the size of Earth being hurled away from the sun. Earth was not in the 'line of fire' so no geomagnetic storms or auroras resulted from the blast."

Click for movie. It's a big file.

Today's entry is pretty amazing too... images of today's solar eclipse projected onto the floor by the windows of a mosque in Isfahan.