Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Salish Sea

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

Native Lens, and Other Topics

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

Dewey Numbers

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

Top 100 Picture Book Poll of 2009

School Library Journal ran a poll of its readers to choose their favorite picture books. Checking our collection now to see if we have at least the top twenty or so of those Top 100 Picture Books...

Indigenous Holocaust (HipHop Video)

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

Changes in Google Search

Google has made some changes. Read about it in more detail in Google's blog, the New York Times, SearchEngineLand, etc. (1)

Don't know how useful it will turn out really, but that 'Wonder Wheel' option is pretty entertaining...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

DVDs Are Here for the PBS Series

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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Painting the Potawatomi Historical Mural

There's a very nice video of the community painting a mural at the Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center and Library and Museum in Crandon, Wisconsin. The video proceeds with snapshots and pieces of film, from the beginning to the end of the project. Details of the mural project, and the film.

Streaming video doesn't work in the computer lab; you'll have to watch this one at home.


...a terrific article by Mitali Perkins about race in children's books, "Straight Talk on Race: Challenging the Stereotypes in Kids' Books", from School Library Journal. The full text is online.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bridge Photos

WSDOT is putting photos up at Flickr of the bridge construction at Hood Canal, and maintaining a daily construction update blog. There also is a very nice webpage, No Bridge No Problem, which explains clearly all the alternative travel options.

Closer to home, Clallam County's photographs of the Elwha River Bridge construction make it look like it's making good progress...

Monday, May 4, 2009

VHS Tapes for Kids

Someone has brought us a bunch of VHS tapes of children's movies. We can certainly use them inhouse for showing to the afterschool program, and they are also available to be checked out.

A Dozen New Books Coming

Keep those suggestions coming!!!

We have ordered a few more items with the money donated by Santa Fe Community Foundation and the Kathryn Avenue Fund. For little kids, middle schoolers, and older kids,

and for grownups,

The orders just went in a few days ago, so they aren't here yet.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bridge Closed

Washington State Department of Transportation has put up some new highway web cameras to look at traffic along the alternate routes: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/hoodcanal/. Wish they had a cam pointing at the work in progress...