We have added a new-to-us blog to the "Blogs of Interest" in the sidebar. Last Woman Standing is written by Julia Good Fox, professor in the Indigenous Nations and American Indian Studies department at Haskell Indian Nations University. If we can judge by the posts presently on top, she offers good links and good reading. Her #46 entry, "My Seven (Online) Tribal and InterTribal News Sources", is a topic we particularly are interested in.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
You may not think of yourself as a techie, but obviously you have an online life or you wouldn't be reading this. ReadWriteWeb has an article, 8 Things Every Geek Needs to Do Before 2010. It makes very interesting reading, particularly the password section in the light of this week's news about the theft of 32 million passwords from the website RockYou.
Library of Congress has digitized about 60,000 vintage books and made them available on the web. So far it is not easy to search, but if you do find something you like, say an illustrated Three Little Kittens, you can view it online or download in any of several formats. Why bother? In itself this is not so interesting. Yet. But it's certainly the direction things are moving, as any number of articles will tell you. Example: The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading
Plenty more entertainment out there:
- just for admiring the beauty of the world in places as different as they can be from our familiar surrounded-by-water experience, Sublime Sand: Desert Dunes Seen From Space (thank you, thank you, Wired)
- Mr. Montler continues to offer us a Klallam Word every day on on Twitter. (Click for larger image).
- Or you mght try exploring Google's access to the US Patent database.
And on a more solemn note, today is the anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890.
As usual, all these links came drifting across our Twitter stream. Thank you, tweeps.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The blog, American Indians in Children's Literature, by Debbie Reese (professor of American Indian Studies at UIUC and enrolled member of Nambé Pueblo) is always worth a visit. If you follow her links to further discussions, suggested resources, other blogs, etc. (and then on to the links you find in those places) you can keep thinking about what children read and see, and what effects it has on them, for a long time.
Sometimes we have the books she recommends (and sometimes the ones she doesn't recommend); sometimes not. Often we use her suggestions to put books on our shopping lists. But she's always thought-provoking.
Monday, December 21, 2009
We all have our preferred sources for general news, but it's hard to follow stories you don't know are happening. Here are some sources for online native news:
Most of these sites Twitter when they post news stories, so you can keep current without having to fish around from one site to another.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The State Library folks say material from one of the providers will be available on January 1. Which seems impossibly fast for anything involving big corporations, the State Library, and the magic of modern science :-) , but that's what they said.
The New York Public Library published a very seductive list, Children's Books 2009 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. They look beautiful, and we don't have a single one of them in the collection. We put a few of them in our Amazon shopping basket, to think about the next time we have a little money to spend...
This is just wishing. Let us know if there are other items we should add to the wish list.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cruising around twitter looking for native news...
- From Klallam Word of the Day, the word for 'friend'. Thank you, Mr. Montler!
- From Buffalo Post, "White House calls Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ chairman to Cophenhagen for climate change talks".
- Also found an article from the Tacoma Spokesman Times about where stimulus money has gone here in Washington
Then they turned the blocks back on, so that's all you get...
Monday, December 14, 2009
The ice cream social was a big success on Friday, we had some new library users sign up, and a number of people mentioned that they had been curious about the library but never quite knew where we were. Several people filled out the little survey about what kind of downloadable audio books they might be interested in.
And people asked about books they wondered if we had, which is always tells us useful things. They wanted beading books, Sherman Alexie, Salish art, the Twilight books, a SpongeBob movie, and Dave Pelzer's books. We were able to say, 'Yes we have them' to all the things people mentioned, in some cases whole stacks of relevant titles. Yaay.
Re: the downloadable audio books, we will keep you posted as we find out from the State Library how it is going to work, and when it will begin.
Special bonus for blog readers: it's Monday noon (12/14) and there's a little bit of ice cream left; some syrup; some sprinkles. Not enough to offer in an all-staff email, but come on in and ask for a sundae if you read this any time soon. :-)
We have a new memoir written by Alvin Ziontz, the senior attorney for the tribes in U.S. v. Washington, the case that led to the Boldt decision in 1974. Over the course of several decades Ziontz worked on many other important legal issues affecting tribes, and he talks about this work. It makes interesting reading.
Friday, December 4, 2009
We will be having an Open House/Ice Cream Social on December 11, 2009 from 12:00 until 4:30. Please stop by to admire the expanded shelving (thank you Sequim Branch of NOLS!!) and how it has allowed us to rearrange the Library/Education Building. AND have some ice cream!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
The after-school program has a terrific new weekly newsletter, explaining the daily schedule and reporting on activities. When you are in the library ask for a copy. How can you resist news, for example, of a language lesson about the Sleeping Lady of the Mountains, mímxʷtən, and that "After hearing about the Sleeping Lady we all went outside to look at her."
There's an audio file for mímxʷtən on the Klallam Word List: Place Names. It's number 2185. (Can't figure out how to make a direct link...)
The little kids seem to really like looking things up in big dictionaries...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
These pictures show a really early point in the process, where Superman goes into the phone booth and changes clothes. Like, where does he hang his suit and hat while he's doing it? Where do we put the books, and the old bookcases, while we're assembling and moving into the new ones?
But it's done, mostly, with the old bookcases moving on to their new homes and spreading the benefit of increased order in offices, at childcare, etc. We're planning to have a party when we're all done. An ice-cream social perhaps... Stay tuned.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Our linguist, Tim Montler, writes that he has "set up a Twitter site called 'Klallam Word of the Day'. I'm going to try to post a new word each day with a sound link. I've put up two so far. I don't know how long I'll keep it up, but you can have a look at it at http://twitter.com/KlallamWOTD."
We are slowly finding tribes who are twittering or getting ready to twitter: Chehalis, Kiowa, Puyallup, Quapaw, Narragansett, Pyramid Lake Paiute. Probably there are more, it's a matter of figuring out how to find them.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
There's a wonderful article on Indian Country Today online, ‘It’s going to be just like Tse-whit-zen’. The story includes links to animations of the dam removal process that are really REALLY cool. (1)(2)
(Just in case we get new bookcases and start moving everything...)
The children's corner:
Middle school and high school materials:
The new Fiction (& Biography) section moved in where the GED books used to be.
The front of the main bookcase. We left the image large, click on it to read some of the book spines. Note the DVDs in the upper right corner...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
For now, new stuff has stopped flowing in. So here is where we are:
altogether, 4542 items:
1932 total items for adults (includes DVDs & videotapes)
2610 total youth items, all ages
items for adults are about 70% culture materials
the youth items are about 21% culture materials
Don't forget, you can get a view of our collection through our online catalog at LibraryThing, and coax it to separate out, for example
All Adult Books
Adult Culture Books
All Children's Books
Children's Culture Books,
(or maybe just the DVDs).
We rearranged things, and there is now a fiction section. If you're just looking for something good to read, give the new section a whirl. Soon we may be rearranging bigtime: the public library has offered us a lot of bookcases (that came from the Sequim branch before their remodel...) We'll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, if you have books and DVDs around the house that you are finished with, the library would be happy to receive them.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River in southern Oregon (map) is gone, and the Rogue River runs free.
...Can't wait until it's our turn. :-)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Here are some of the new DVDs. More are on their way. Come borrow a few from the library.
When you look in the catalog online, clicking on the DVD tag will always get you all the DVDs. We're entering them as fast as we can.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Here is a very interesting and cheering article about restoration of streamflow to the San Joaquin River. The gradually increasing release of water will begin on October 1. There's plenty of news coverage: (1)(2)(3)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
We are moving shelves of books and shelves of DVDs around, to incorporate all the new-- mostly used but new to us-- items. We'll let you know when the next bundle of DVDs is added, so you can come take a look. Meanwhile, here are some of the new books:
Monday, September 21, 2009
As usual, I mined a couple of hours of Twitter activity to come up with these links. I wonder if any tribes twitter...
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission: Makah Students Help Survey Culturally Important Purple Olive Shells on Makah Beaches
Indian Country Today: Stimulus money will fund habitat restoration projects
Wall Street Journal: Tribal Casino Rules Revisited
Reznet: 'New Moon' Star Gives Acting Lessons at Tribal School
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
One of the great pleasures of having little kids to read to, is that you get to admire the illustrations. Just now we found out (via Twitter, of course, a posting from one of the editors of School Library Journal), that Eric Carle has a blog. From the blog we discovered that he has established a Museum of Picture Book Art.
Don't for a minute think that book illustrations can't be art. What you see on the printed page is only a shadow of the original paintings or collages or drawings. We once had the opportunity to see some of Ezra Jack Keats' original paintings. They were so vibrant they practically leaped right out of the glass case.
The library has several of Eric Carle's titles, and a couple of Ezra Jack Keats's. We have in fact about 2300 children's books (not counting duplicates), many of them beautifully illustrated picture books. The culture books are in their own section. Stop by and take a look, and just ask for help if you need a little direction...
Friday, September 4, 2009
On September 16th there will be a "tsunami warning communications test along the entire west coast of the lower 48 states." This will include a test of the AHAB (All-Hazard Alert Broadcast) siren. We will NOT actually be evacuating. The National Tsunami Exercise with evacuation drill will be on 3/24/2010. But our AHAB will sound...
As the aerial photo in the previous post makes clear, we are in the tsunami zone. Here's a map. Click for larger image. (Sorry for the blurriness. It's from the Washington State Hazard Mitigation Plan, Hazard Profile - Tsunami, 2004, and we can't find a better version anywhere...)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here we are, on the Washington Coastal Atlas. This is an amazingly cool tool, covering the entire coastline of the state. It's unfortunately a little bit hard to use. But worth the trouble of picking your way along until you are over the part of the coastline you want to see, and coax it to show you the image. From there you can click on adjacent images, see the same area in other years, and so on.
Endless entertainment: the pilot station on Ediz Hook ; Tongue Point in 2002 ; Lake Aldwell, Elwha Dam, April 2007 and another angle (2) ; Ellen Creek crossing Rialto Beach ; Jamestown in 2006 ; and on and on.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi. We read about this book on The Buffalo Post. It sounds like it's getting good reviews around in the mainstream press, and we don't have too much in the collection about that area. So we put it on the shopping list.
Not, of course, that there's any immediate prospect of having money to spend. But we build the wishlists anyway. Be sure to let us know your suggestions. The books and videos people ask for are the first things we get when we can order.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Last week Indian Country Today had a very positive article about the Elwha hatchery, Major successes in Steelhead Broodstock Program at Lower Elwha.
Someone has given us a dozen or so DVDs of feature films. We are adding them to the library. We'll show you their covers once they are entered in the system and can be checked out.
Most of our movie watchers have already watched everything we have, so it will be nice to be able to offer something new. If you have DVDs sitting around home that you don't watch any more, please consider donating them so they can be offered to the community.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Most of the new books we ordered have arrived, and a number of donated books have also been added. Look for the "New in the Library" sign.
They are not actually new, they come from used book dealers. It saves a lot of money and we can order more different titles— but sometimes they are just too too used. We got a couple of really ratty ones in this batch, and maybe should stop buying the absolutely cheapest one listed...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Work continues on on making digital copies of the audio tapes in the Klallam Language Program's archives. Last week someone turned over a tape labelled only on one side, to make sure there was nothing recorded on the other side of the tape. Checking... checking... A man's voice comes on. "This is August 10, 1959, and Miriam Vincent is speaking in Klallam." She speaks a word, he says the English, she speaks the word several more times. Such a treasure, preserved in silence in a file cabinet for 50 years.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Responding to library users' requests we have ordered about three dozen 'new' (actually we order from used book dealers) books to spend out the remainder of the grant from the Kathryn Avenue Fund/Santa Fe Community Foundation.
About a third of them are books for adults: a mix of fiction, baby & early childhood topics, and a few on native topics. The new ones have begun to arrive. Click for larger image:
Ten thousand thankyous to Kathryn Avenue Fund/Santa Fe Community Foundation for having helped us keep a small flow of new titles coming into the collection!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The Elders' Lounge has been refreshed and is looking very spiffy and welcoming these days. We took a couple of shelves of books from our giveaway bookcase over there this week, just to add to the homey feeling.
But now there are very few giveaways left in the library. This is ok really—the library is full of books you can check out :-) — but if you have some books you've been meaning to bring in to share with the rest of the community, now would be a good time.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Timothy Montler has sent the following letter about changes he has made to the Klallam Language web site:
"I want everyone to know that I have made some major changes to the Klallam language web site. The biggest changes are in the word list. I have gone through the entire list, corrected, changed and added words based on the dictionary in progress. All of the words have been checked and rechecked with the elders.
The word list now contains around 3500 Klallam words (only a small part of the 12,000 the dictionary now has). Around 1000 of those are linked to mp3 sound files.
The additions to the site:
- Sound for the tongue twisters.
- A few photos
- A link to learning materials. They include:
Family tree of the Salishan languages
Description of the alphabet
Map of the Klallam language and neighboring languages
Interactive flash videos (can be used on-line or downloaded)
Model sentence mp3 files for lessons 1-43
The computer games to download
The Klallam keyboard and a guide to using it
Collection of Unicode fonts to use for Klallam
The site still has the 85 useful phrases, the Flood story, and the Deaf Fishermen story--all with audio. It also still has the three YouTube videos with Klallam and English subtitles.
Please let me know if you have any problems with the site. Any suggestions would be helpful. Also I'd like to put up more photos. If you have any good ones related to the language, its speakers and learners, I'd like to put them up there (for example, there's a really good picture of the language certificate holders on the Port Gamble site that I'd like to include with permission). Also if there are any you'd like me to remove, I will."
Monday, August 3, 2009
There's a terrific Sherman Alexie story available on the New Yorker website, War Dances. Alexie's book with that piece as the title story is due out in October. We will order a copy for the library when it appears, but meanwhile you can read this piece of it.
The link to the Alexie story was posted to Twitter by Indigeneity. A starter set of other twitter sources of native-related news and links includes :
Northwest Indian Fisheries,
Indigenous Map Network,
Friday, July 24, 2009
This is really interesting. According to The Business Insider, "more people use Facebook to share links than any other service". Take a look at their chart. Email is second, Twitter is third. How do you share links and websites with your peeps?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Summer Youth have been working on making digital copies of the audio tapes in the Klallam Language Program's archives which have not already been preserved. In some cases, the one tape in the drawer, perhaps recorded a couple of decades ago, is the only copy there is.
There is a formal description of the Klallam Language Program online in the UNESCO Register of Good Practices of Language Preservation. You have to click on the little + sign to see the summary. From there you can get to the full report in MSWord format.
We have a copy of the draft version of the dictionary which Mr. Montler and the Klallam langauge teachers have been working on with the elders. Mr. Montler also has some very carefully put together stories, and a word list, and other materials (with audio), on his website.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We've been playing with our online catalog, which comes through LibraryThing. It is now possible to sort materials out into 'collections'. You can now look separately at
All Adult Books
Adult Culture Books
All Children's Books
Children's Culture Books
Anytime you go to the catalog, you can pull out one of these four separate views by clicking on the pulldown that says "All Collections" or "Your Library"
and choosing the one you want.
Purely for the pleasure of admiring them en masse, any time you have one of these lists of titles, try clicking on the "Covers" button. You end up with something wonderful, like this:
A librarian friend emailed that she had just read a terrific novel by Choctaw/Cherokee author Louis Owens. She sent us the book, and one library staff member started reading it before it was even processed. He's done now and another of us is reading it. Let us know if you'd like to be the next person to check out Nightland.
We have a number of other native novelists in the collection, authors such as Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, Linda Hogan, Thomas King... Please let us know if there are others we should add.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
What we learned from Twitter this morning:
Sioux kids are working with Forest Service and National Park Service on environmental projects at Devil’s Tower National Monument, through a program called Youth Natural Resource Program (YNRP).
There's a list available from Young Adult Library Services Association, Must-Have Materials. Take a look. We have some of these titles, and will be happy to order any you are interested in that aren't here yet.
The film US Now, a documentary film about web collaboration, is available to watch full length for free.
And Debbie Reese of the American Indians in Children's Literature blog posted about a brain imaging study published in Science Daily, Less Empathy Toward Outsiders, that seems to show reason that, as she puts it, "racism endured.".
Et cetera :-)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
People have been bringing in their paperbacks (and the occasional textbook as well), and the give-away bookcase is nearly full. If you are stuck for something to read, come by and see if anything here might suit you.
Meanwhile there are no new library books in the pipeline at the moment. We lately processed a number of donated medical and health books, about Alzheimer's disease, about diabetes, and so on. These will be useful if someone has a need for them. But there's no new culture books, and no order being put together. There is a little bit of money left from the grant. Please let us know what you would like the library to buy.
Friday, June 19, 2009
We got a fabulous new reference book, This Day in North American Indian History. We're having a hard time getting any work done, it's too much fun reading about how on this day in 1767 the governor of Louisiana issued an order that recognized the Chitimacha Indians, and on this day in 1865 the Choctaw warriors fighting for the Confederacy officially surrendered, and and and...
Friday, June 12, 2009
2009 Canoe Journey: Paddle to Suquamish
The landing at Elwha will be July 29th. Departure, July 31st.
Canoe Journey Links:
- 2009 Canoe Routes
- CanoeJourneys2009 page
- 2008 Canoe Journey map (larger version available as PDF from Suquamish).
- Paddle Journeys (Ben & Sue Charles' Canoe Journey page)
- Photo gallery
- Canoe Journey photos from Elwha Watershed Information Resource
- Where next? 2010: Makah at Neah Bay ; 2009: Tsimshian ;
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Last week, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie made a splash in the news and around the web on blogging sites by expressing a strong opposition to E-Book readers (Kindle and the like). He has since backed off from his position (1)(2).
According to Alexie's blog, he has a new book of poetry (Face) which the library hasn't gotten yet, a book of short stories coming out in the fall (War Dances), and is working on a sequel to his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. We will order Face; and keep our eyes open for the other new books as they come along.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Native American Times has a story about a University of North Carolina program which is sending students to Taholah, Oklahoma, this summer to study Cherokee language and culture. One of the requirements of the program is thatthe students will have to blog their experiences. Should make interesting reading...
The library/computer lab will be open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays, now through September.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be dedicated study time for Higher Ed and GED Students. Youth under 16 will be allowed on the computers from 3-5:30 p.m. only.
Children and their parents/caregivers are encouraged to visit the Library to check out books throughout the summer. Watch for Storytimes!!!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Here are a few of the latest arrivals in the library:
This batch was ordered through the donation from the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund. There's a bit more to spend.
Keep those suggestions coming!!!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A story played on NWPR this morning about Yakama Elder Virginia Beavert, who at age 87 is teaching a course in the Sahaptin language while studying for a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Oregon. The online story includes a link to the audio. A Google image search will find you a lot of nice photographs of her.
Speaking of audio, we lately received an email from the state library, which is moving forward with its plan to have a statewide contract for online delivery of audio book. Meanwhile, however, you already have audiobooks available to you, through the North Olympic Library System. Just go to the public library in Port Angeles and get a library card (if you don't already have one), and then go to the catalog search page and choose "Download audio books". Log in with your library card.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Washington State Board of Geographic Names has agreed to formally consider adopting the name "Salish Sea" for the body of water comprised by Puget Sound, Georgia Strait, and Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The proposal has been around for a couple of decades; what's new is that the Board of Geographic Names is willing to consider it. Read about the present round of events in Knute Berger's article in Crosscut, Sea Change, and elsewhere (1)(2). There's a perfectly beautiful map at http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/gis/maps/Freelan_SalishSea_150.pdf.
If the little map above looks familiar, that might be because we've been using it in our sidebar since we first began this webpage -->
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
RezNet News has a video interview with the folks at Native Lens, who do filmmaking workshops at Puyallup, Swinomish, Muckleshoot, and Lummi. There's a fabulous reading of Ryan Red Corn's poem Bad Indians available on Youtube. Tulsa World has a really interesting story about the myths surrounding Geronimo. Another interesting story comes from Minnesota about a program for preservation of the Ojibwe and Dakota languages.
These and many other possible links and stories came to us via Twitter. Librarians and techies twitter a lot, at work and about work; so, increasingly, do native news sites. Plenty of input flowing to keep a body current.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Debbie Reese's most recent post on her blog Native Americans in Children's Literature, "Carolyn Dunn on Coyote Speaks", has some interesting things to say about intellectual property, secrecy, cultural reclamation, and getting things right. At the end of the post she points out that the book she's discussing is shelved in folklore but should be shelved in religion.
In this library we occasionally move things around, but mostly follow the catalog numbers assigned by Library of Congress. And sure enough, some of our books about Native American religion and mythology are shelved in the 299s (a religion number) and some in 398s (a folklore number). We are wondering how Library of Congress catalogers decided, and if we should reexamine some of the choices, and (most of all) how we would decide which to change.
Monday, May 18, 2009
MediaCommons had an Indigenous Media week earlier this month. One of the videos they featured was Missy Whiteman's 2008 music video Indigenous Holocaust. If you watch it directly at youtube, the lyrics are in the sidebar.
From these web pages links lead in a lot of interesting directions (1)(2). There is a lot of native filmmaking activity available online. But you need to pursue this from your home machine; the PCs in the computer lab don't do streaming media.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Don't know how useful it will turn out really, but that 'Wonder Wheel' option is pretty entertaining...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Our two copies of the "We Shall Remain" TV series, donated in memory of Tico and Forrest, are here. We processed the individual disks separately, since really they are separate films. They are available for checkout.