Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
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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...