Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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Friday, July 24, 2009

How People Share Information

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

"In the early days..."

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.

Duwamish Recognition

Several news stories last week about the bill for Duwamish Tribal Recognition. So far no followup stories; the bill must still be in the hands of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Elwha in the News

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission posted an article about the Elwha hatchery's steelhead broodstock program.

Canoe Journey

There was a nice article in the Peninsula Daily News on Monday about Canoe Journey. It comes with a map.

There is also a map on the Canoe Journeys site; it covers the whole geographic area, but is a little hard to read.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Playing With the Catalog

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:

Good Book

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

It's Not Just Frivolity

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.

Indigenous Mapping Network pointed out a cool website, Historic Aerials.

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 :-)