Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

About Boarding Schools

The Santa Ysabel Tribal Library web site has a posting about a Canadian website about Boarding Schools, Hidden from History. The site contains a lot of material, and a link to a full-length documentary which can be watched online.

The library has a number of books about boarding schools,

and the topic must be implicit in many more books, for example, Nicola Campbell's beautiful picture book, Shi-shi-etko, in which a little girl's family helps her build memories of her home on the eve of being sent away to school. And we have a video, Our Spirits Don't Speak English. When we can, we will try to get more materials for children on this topic.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Circle of Stories

One of the resource lists for the PBS series We Shall Remain includes a link to another PBS website, Circle of Stories. There are four wonderful stories there, available in audio with photo collages.

The series of five films, We Shall Remain, premieres on April 27, and is getting a lot of early publicity. The various resource lists on the program web site, (1)(2), are worth exploring. There are websites listed, as well as particular reference books, literature, and general reading. We don't have a great many of the cited resources (and no money for book shopping), but the websites are worth exploring for such treasures as the stories mentioned above. If there are particular print titles you'd like to get hold of, we can help you find them one way or another.

And we actually do pretty well with the literature, both for adults and children. We have one or more titles by almost every author on the Reading Circle lists. We've printed out some of the lists, and they are available at the desk in the library.

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Books, and Controversial Topics

We have received a few donations of new materials, including a couple of new culture books for children. One of them, Joseph Bruchac's Hidden Roots, is a novel written for middle-schoolers about an Abenaki boy in upstate New York in the 1960s. It has been discussed on Nambé scholar Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature blog, both when it first came out, and more recently in connection with an extended discussion (or perhaps argument would be a more accurate word) about a recent novel for children about an Abenaki girl in Vermont in the 1930's, Beth Canell's Darkness Under the Water. Do you feel, as Reese and most native reviewers do, that books for children, even fiction, should have absolute cultural and historical accuracy?

For grownups, we lately received Stan Evans' detective mystery set in Victoria, Seaweed on the Street. And this too casts a light on the question cultural accuracy in fiction. Evans' protagonist belongs to a fictional Reserve in Esquimalt, and is identified as Coast Salish. The author tells us, in a note: "Depictions of Native mythology and religion are based on ethnological research and do not necessarily reflect the present-day observances and practices of the Coast Salish people." Is this better than trying to get it right and failing, or telling cultural material which tribal peoples might not consider public? Or is he only trying to protect himself from being accused of getting it wrong? It's a pretty good mystery, but hard to know what to think about how the author opted to handle it, especially in the light of the debate raging on cultural accuracy in children's books.

We also got a couple of really new DVDs, Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E. Don't forget, if you have DVDs around the house which you are not going to watch anymore, bring them to the library for other people to use!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hoh Story in Indian Country Today

This week's issue of Indian Country Today has a story about the Hoh Tribe acquiring land and moving out of the river's flood zone. The paper copy of the issue has just arrived in the library. The story is also available online.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Vi Hilbert

Indian Country Today has a very nice article on the passing of Skagit elder Vi Hilbert. She "devoted her adult life to the preservation of Coast Salish culture and the Lushootseed language – a language she once described as “the most beautiful language in the world... She founded the Lushootseed Research Center in Seattle and taught at the University of Washington and at Evergreen State College." We have a few of the books she was involved with in the library.

Elwha Science

Olympic Park Institute Elwha Science Education Project GeoScience Camp Class of 2008 Video: The Elwha River Restoration Department has posted the link to a 5 minute video made by last summer's geo science students in the program hosted by Olympic Park Institute, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Western Carolina University, and the National Park Service. Watch the video at the Yosemite National Institute's website.

Elwha Conversations: On Thursday, January 8, the Elwha Nearshore Consortium will hold its annual "Elwha Conversations: A Public Meeting celebrating the marine world of the Elwha" (1). The event is in Room J-47 at Peninsula College, beginning at 5 PM.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Books for Fun

Recreational readers: The Washington State Library has passed on a set of Alexander McCall Smith’s Botswana books, donated by Pierce County Library. And we also were given several more Tony Hillerman titles. Come and get ‘em!


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