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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Books for Writing Students

Several new writing guides came to us, by way of Peninsula College. They will be very handy both for the college students and for the GED students preparing for their writing test. We've added them to the collection, and actually have a good many books on this subject.

Hoh Land Transfer

Congress passed the Hoh land transfer bill on Tuesday. News stories: (1)(2)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some Links to Interesting Stories

The River Hopped Up

It rained a lot on Sunday. The river hopped up. John Gussman went out and took pictures, thank you Pacific NW Environmental Video Channel.

USGS 12045500 ELWHA RIVER AT MCDONALD BR NEAR PORT ANGELES, WA (Click for larger image.)

PS By Craig Childs' taxonomy of floods in The Secret Knowledge of Water— 'ornamental', 'powerful', 'Fear of God' — this one probably should be classed as 'ornamental'. Cliff Mass has videos of the Stillaguamish, and of Snoqualmie Falls. Those probably went to 'powerful'. :-)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Another Useful Blog

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum Libraries and Archives Blog has posted a list of Christmas-themed books set among Native peoples. We have only two of these books, Thomas King's A Coyote Solstice Tale and M. Scott Momaday's Circle of Wonder: a Native American Christmas Story. We'll put the others on our wish list.

Their blog is not updated very often, but what is there is very useful. We are putting several others of the titles they mention on the wish list, and have added Mashantucket Pequot Museum to the list of "Blogs of Interest" in the sidebar to the right.

PS. Please be sure to let us know if there are titles you want us to add to the great wishlist in the sky. :-)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Interesting Links

      National Congress of American Indians resolution declares: "among 139 remaining Native languages, all are endangered, with 70 on the verge of extinction within the next 5 years". Story at culturalsurvival.org.
      How to Prevent Language Extinction, an article detailing research, from Technology Review.
      Way cool. PhD student defends thesis in First Nation Mi’gmaw language. Story from The Buffalo Post.
      Tim Montler's Klallam Word of the day today is "nəxʷq̕íyt 'Port Gamble, Little Boston'. The 'location' prefix + root /q̕íyt/ 'noon' make it 'land of the noon-day sun'." Follow him on Twitter for a daily dose of Klallam language.
      Elwha Dam Removal
      Glines Canyon Dam Removal
      The Elwha River Weir, at The Fish Files
      BC Natives Protest Enbridge Pipeline ; First Nations Declare Opposition
Other stories
      Story in Indian Country Today about the display on Quileute culture at the Seattle Art Museum, Quileute separate fact from fiction for ‘Twilight’ fans
      One interesting topic after another in Kim Tallbear's blog, Indigeneity & Technoscience. We'll add it to the list of blogs in the sidebar...
      Beautiful photo of a canoe setting forth from the Quinault Reservation, from the "View from Indian Country" website.

Visitors From Afar

Slowly the traffic to this web page increases. There are some problems with this map but it gives the general idea. Hello, India.

(Click for larger image.)

Friday, December 3, 2010

5400 Items and Growing

You can use our online catalog at LibraryThing to separate out what you may be looking for. When you go to the catalog at LibraryThing, if you pull down the list at the far left under 'Your Library' or 'All Collections', you will be able to choose to see just the subsets you are interested in;
for example,
   all children's books
   adult culture titles
   children's culture books
   what titles are in the new Research Room at the Heritage Center.

Or just give us a call to ask whether we have what you are looking for. It we don't, we can try to figure out how to find it for you.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Good Reading

A friend from Neah Bay brought us several boxes of books which had belonged to her neighbor's mother. Entertaining reading, mostly for adults but also some for kids. We added a number of them to the collection...
...and some time soon will have a giveaway for the rest. Meanwhile, if you are stuck for something to read, come by the library and rummage through the boxes. The perfect book might be there...

Monday, November 15, 2010

In Other News...

Some other news from around the web:
  • Ojibwa author Drew Hayden Taylor's comic novel Motorcycles and Sweetgrass has been nominated for the Canada Council for the Arts' Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. We have one of his books in our collection, The Night Wanderer, and will put the new one on our wishlist.
  • Nerds rejoice. The entire archive of Popular Science is available free on the web at Google books. Oh it's glorious.
  • Kayaker Rob Casey maintains a blog called The Elwha Project. River photographs, dam removal news, and an entertaining and even beautiful series of photographs of debris found on beaches along the Strait. See for example his September 16 post, Garbage Collected on the Elwha River Mouth.
  • You can watch a 54 minute film, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change on the IsumaTV website. Beautiful footage and the voices of elders (and scary first-hand testimony of climate change).
  • ReadingRockets, a website for working with young readers, has a reading list of  Native American Books. We have all but one of these books. Check the catalog for the ones you are interested in.

Fishy Stuff from Around the Web

Interesting stories lately...
  • WDFW's blog has a story about the Elwha Weir.
  • Seattle Times article about the Elwha Fish Hatchery
  • KOMO story about high school class studying Lake Mills (via Olympic Peninsula Environmental News)
  • The Olympian story about the coho run at Nisqually (via the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission)
  • Editorial from Billy Frank, Jr. about fisheries restoration. "The only way we’re going to turn the corner and really restore salmon is to put the same focus on habitat protection and restoration that has been placed on harvest management."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tribes and Parks

There have been a couple of news items recently about the relationships of other tribes with their neighboring parks:
        The Hopi Tribe is working with the State of Arizona to reopen Homolovi Ruins State Park, which had been closed for budget reasons.
        The Oglalla Sioux Tribe will be taking over the management of part of Badlands National Park, making it the first Tribal National Park.

We have a couple of books on this topic,

and of course much of the material about the ongoing removal of the dams on the Elwha River directly and indirectly addresses the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's relations with Olympic National Park...

Friday, October 29, 2010

News Article Full of Dam Removal Information

This article is not new (September 4 Kitsap Sun), and neither is the information; but it is especially informative.

Welcome Pole at Peninsula College

Peninsula Daily News has a nice little video of the pole-raising ceremony on October 26.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Around the Web

       American Rivers has a (not very up-to-date) map of dam removal projects. The Elwha project is on the page, but not on the map.
       In Maryland, dam removal and restoration on the Patapsco River.
       News story about the benefits of dam removal on the Klamath River
       Story from Sammamish Review about coho salmon returns
       Salmon runs on the Kitsap peninsula, story from the Kitsap Sun
       Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission's flickr photostream
   Film of Pomo (N. California) holy woman Essie Parrish performing a healing. Thanks to Santa Ysabel Virtual Tribal Library for pointing out this link.
       The Rosetta Stone language teaching software company is working with native groups who want to customize the program to help protect and preserve their languages.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Total Items At The Moment, 5483

We've received some really good donations lately. A group of interesting culture books,

the new book by geologist Rob Young, the principal investigator for the NSF (National Science Foundation) Grant funding the Elwha Science Project at Olympic Park Institute,

and some plain old good reading.

Two of the new culture titles are about Wounded Knee, one for middle school kids and one for adults. We have in fact quite a few titles about Wounded Knee.

And, for that matter, LOTS of good reading (fiction for adults).

Visit the catalog often. We keep growing.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Stories Around the Web

Stories around the web:

  • River restoration at Nisqually, from The Olympian.
  • A new PBS program, Reel Injun ("an entertaining trip through the evolution of North American Native people ("The Indians") as portrayed in famous Hollywood movies", will premiere on November 2.
  • Indian Country Today reports on our language grant from ANA
  • A New England filmmaker has documented the Passamaquoddy Tribe's effort to save their language (audio story from Maine Public Radio)
  • Do you know about the Intertribal Bison Cooperative? It presently has "a membership of 57 tribes with a collective herd of over 15,000 bison." Wow.
  • There's a new state park near LaConner, Kiket Island. It will be co-owned and co-managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the State of Washington. Interesting and complicated arrangement.
  • Tim Montler's Klallam Word of the Day on Twitter is "kʷənúcəŋ 'sing power song, meditate'. Elders would sit by the river to sing their spirit song and meditate." Go to his website to hear it spoken.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Such a Day

It's an astonishingly beautiful sunny morning.

We have three GED students inside the library.

Homework Club Corner (Click for larger image.)
Stacks, computers, lovely new endcaps (Click for larger image.)
Little kids' books (Click for larger image.)

Outside, beautiful weather and lots of truck traffic, as the hatchery construction and dike work continue. Those dams are coming down soon, you know.

Corner on the Rez (Click for larger image.)
Fields at sea level. Note the Strait of Juan de Fuca... (Click for larger image.)
Tribal Center (Click for larger image.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Button Blanket

There's a very nice short film on the National Film Board of Canada website, Vistas: Button Blanket, by Zoe Hopkins. (Also pretty interesting that it has been viewed 831 times already.)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Language Grant News

Wonderful news! The Klallam Language Program has received a 3-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans. "The goal of this grant will be to strengthen and broaden our community of Klallam Language speakers by transcribing recorded stories; developing lessons from these stories, and training a middle school Klallam Language teacher," says the Language Program director, Jamie Valadez. "This grant will also create job opportunities for Tribal artists, as the stories will be illustrated and published." The full press release about the grant is on the Elwha Facebook page. our other Washington tribes received Language Preservation and Maintenance Grants from ANA: Samish, Squaxin Island, Makah and Kalispel.

Recently other tribal language programs around the country have also been in the news.
      In Michigan a new law allows schools to hire tribal elders as language teachers to help in language preservation.
      In Massachusetts, Jessie Little Doe Baird has received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work in creating the Wôpanâak (Wampanoag) Language Reclamation Project.
      In California, a student from Haskell Indian Nations University has created an audio program for teaching Koyoongkawi, the Mechoopda Maidu dialect. The tribe hopes to load the audio on iPods for distribution to members to want to learn the language.
      In Alaska, the Native Village of Afognak has been working on a five-year Alutiiq language revitalization project and have created an iPhone, iPad and Blackberry application of audio & videoflash cards toteach the language.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gorgeous Aerial Photos

On September 30 the weather was beautiful, perfect for getting a group of aerial photos showing the new channel work at the back of Lake Mills, the lakes, the dams, the new fish hatchery, the fish weir, and the mouth of the river... They are copyrighted, be sure to check with John Gussman if you want to use them...

Friday, September 24, 2010

New DVDs for Kids

We spent some of our last IMLS basic grant money on new DVDs for kids. Come and get 'em.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Powerdale Dam

There's an interesting sequence of photos of the removal of the Powerdale Dam on the Hood River.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

There Are a Few Crumbs of Money Left

Ask for what you want the library to have. We will try to get it.

...And Some New Culture Titles

New to us, anyway:

...And New Books for the Middle Schoolers

Some of our middle-school readers were not shy about asking for what they wanted. And we got it for them:

New DVDs

No foolin': some of them are actually new this year! Use this link to see all our DVDs listed. (Click for a larger image).

As always, please consider giving the library the DVDs you have at home which you are not planning to watch again...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Interesting Blogs

We've added a couple of interesting blogs to the list over to the right in the sidebar                   -------------->>
   Matt Sakiestewa’s Beyond the Mesas , and
   Adrienne K.'s Native Appropriations

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wandering the Web, Reading Native News

Here are some links to interesting stories. (Most of these came to us via Twitter...)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Technology Toys

Debbie Reese posted a little video on her blog, Selecting Books for Children and Young Adults. We are happy that the four titles she is featuring are in our library...


...but more than that we really really want to invent a reason to use the Google SearchStory tool to make one of our own!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Catching Up

The Library was quiet this summer, people working on GED, job searches, checking out books, all the normal activities. With school started again the GED hours will be from 9A.M.-2:30P.M. Between 2:30 and 4:30 the Library will be full of kids as the After School Program will be going on. GED students and Adults can use the computers between these hours but it is not a quiet place.

We have ordered new books in the past 2 weeks and will be making at least one more order. If anyone has any suggestions of books or DVDs they would like us to have please call or come in and let us know so we can add it to our order. We have made one order to replace books that have been checked out and were never returned over the past two years. We are also going to make a DVD order so we will have some new DVDs soon.

We did an inventory of our DVDs and we still have 18 DVDs missing. These are ones that weren’t checked out but are gone. We would like to get these movies back so if you happen to have any movies from the Library laying around please return them to the Library or you could take them to the Office at the Tribal Center and they will get to us.

Thank you to those who have donated items to the Library, we appreciate your donations. We do accept any donations so if you have books or DVD’S or VHS Movies you no longer use think about donating them to the Library where they can be used by everyone.

Library/Computer Lab hours are Monday thru Friday from 9A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Stop by and check out some books or DVDs, or use our computers, work on your GED. We look forward to seeing you and helping with anything you may need.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Salmon Jumping

This is happening on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in Idaho. Hoping time will bring scenes like this back to the Elwha...

Thanks to Olympic Peninsula Environmental News forhaving found this wonderful clip.

Books for Children

The American Indians in Children's Literature website has been redesigned. Right now the posts on top are her lists of recommended titles for various age groups. But it looks like she means to leave the links permanently on top in the righthand sidebar. She has also pulled into the sidebar links to a number of full-text extended articles on the subject. The changes have made the website really useful for thinking about our collection, and about children's books in general.

Happily, we already have 28 of the 30 titles on her three lists. The two we are missing go on the shopping list.

High school age recommended titles:

Recommended titles for elementary school age:

Friday, July 2, 2010

Finding Out What We Have

You can use our online catalog at LibraryThing to separate out what you may be looking for. When you go to the catalog at LibraryThing, if you pull down the list at the far left under 'Your Library' or 'All Collections', you will be able to choose to see just the subsets you are interested in;

for example,
   all children's books
   adult culture titles
   what titles are in the new Research Collection at the Heritage Center.

Yes, there will be a room at the Heritage Center with a small selection of books, focussed on Lower Elwha and on other tribes in this part of Washington. It will be for reference only, not able to leave the Heritage Center. We look forward to helping tribal members, community members, and visitors work with these materials.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Party Party, Ice Cream Social in the Library

We planned this social to celebrate our 5001st item in the collection. And already we are up to 5083.

Please come visit the library at/after lunchtime on Tuesday, June 29th. We'll be having one of our famous ice-cream socials. Ice cream, toppings, good books to admire. Come any time between 11:30AM and 3 PM.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Stuff Inside Books

The Education Director/Librarian from Hoh was visiting our library. We asked him what print materials about Hoh he knew of, as we could only think of the chapter in Jacilee Wray's Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula: Who We Are, and Chelsie Papiez' masters thesis for Evergreen College, Climate Change Implications for the Quileute and Hoh Tribes of Washington: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Assessing Climatic Disruptions to Coastal Indigenous Communities.

He told us there were also chapters about Hoh elders in Wisdom's Daughters: Conversations With Women Elders of Native America by Steve Wall, and Wisdomkeepers : meetings with Native American spiritual elders by Harvey Arden.

To get the most out of the materials we have, it appears, we need to know what's inside every item. Which to a surprising extent one or another of us does, but suppose the person who knows isn't around? We can put subject headings on the records to point to the material of local interest. But this might give a seriously false impression: no, Wisdomkeepers is not only or even mostly about the Hoh, there are also chapters about elders from 15 other tribes around the country. Each of the Peninsula tribes has a chapter in Wray's book. We could start rummaging and adding scads of subject headings: Charles Wilkinson's Blood Struggle : The rise of modern Indians has a heap of material about the Quinault. Alvin Ziontz's memoir has a lot of material about the Makah. Shall we (inconsistently) add headings, making the collection (inconsistently) more useful? Do you see? It's like heading down a rabbit hole.