Lower Elwha Education and Culture
Lower Elwha Education Departments
(Klallam Language and Culture, K-12, Higher Ed, and Tribal Library)
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Thanks, Kids

During the 2011 School District Potlatch, the kids attending the event gave the library around a hundred books. We have finished processing them, and here is a list of all the titles. Below is an image of about half the covers (click to see them a little larger). Good looking bunch of books, no? Thank you very much, kids.

Beautiful Photos

The View from Indian Country project has added some new material. The photos from Quinault are especially wonderful, especially the canoe heading out... The ones from Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation are also terrific. In fact, nearly all of them are.

News Off the Web

Here are some interesting links:

  • Indian Country Today has an article about a project to combine scientific knowledge and Inuit cultural knowledge in mapping the sea ice off Baffin Island. The project, Inuit siku (sea ice) Atlas, is complicated and beautiful.
  • A bill has been introduced in the House by Representative Norm Dicks and in the Senate by Senator Maria Cantell, regarding land transfers from Olympic National Park to enable the Quileute to move the school and senior center and certain other buidings up out of the tsunami zone. This is a process which began long before the recent tsunami, and events have made its importance clear. There are news stories (1) (2)(3) (4) (map), and the text of the bill is online. (Go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and search for bill# HR 1162.) The tribe has posted a video Quileute Tribe Tsunami Informational Video 2011 about their location and the dangers of a substantial tsunami.
  • The new Education Director of the Crow Tribe is making language revitalization her priority, beginning with their day care and Headstart classes.
  • TheNative Appropriations blog has an interesting entry about Edward Curtis's photographs.
  • The Swinomish tribe has posted a video about their Nearshore Beach Survey work.
  • The New York Times has published a prominent review of Richard Kluger's book about Chief Leschi and the Nisqually, The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America. It's already on our shopping list.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Making a Wish List

We hope to be able to order some materials for the library soon. There will be new DVDs, some cookbooks, some general good reading (Brad Melzer's new title, the "Girl Who" books, Jean Auel's new title:


some new Native related titles (and some others we missed long the way)

books for little kids and for high school age

AND whatever you might suggest.

Ple-e-e-ase let us know what else should go on the wish list.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Plateau Peoples' Web Portal

Five of Washington's tribes are working together with Washington State University to make digitized cultural materials available in the Plateau People's Web Portal. The Coeur d'Alene, Colville, Spokane, Umatilla, and Yakama are each in charge of what materials are available to public access, and what materials remain private to the tribe. As the website says, "The materials in the portal have been chosen and curated by the tribes. Tribal administrators, working with their tribal governments, have provided information and their own additional materials to the portal as a means of expanding and extending the archival record."

There's a detailed conference presentation, Digital Repatriation, Reciprocal Curation and the Ethics of Circulating Native Knowledge in the Plateau Region, about how this project deals with issues of access to and control of Cultural Knowledge.

Monday, March 14, 2011

House of Seven Generations

Our cousins down the shore, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, have unveiled the digitization project they have been working on. Their House of Seven Generations online museum, built with the help an Institute of Museum and Library Services Native American Enhancement Grant, has documents, photographs, and pictures of artifacts.The display of peoples' family photographs is particularly wonderful.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Lower Elwha is right down here by the Strait. The tsunami warning siren is on poles behind the shop, right in the central area, and is tested at noon on the first Monday of every month.

According to the Peninsula Daily News, the tsunami triggered by the 03/11 earthquake in Japan brought a 1.6 foot surge to La Push, and half a foot to Port Angeles harbor. The tribe has received an all-clear, and the Emergency Operations Center has shut down. Coast-wide we are still under a National Weather Service tsunami advisory, and according to the advisory the surge in the Port Angeles harbor was 1.3 feet. In this case I'd tend to believe the local paper.

Remarkable visualization of wave height, from NOAA.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Working on a Grant Request

We are applying to the Libri Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

The Foundation wants us to work with our own community because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The community can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the Foundation's BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program for a match of only $350.

Three years ago we received this grant with a match from the Paul J. Allen Foundation. This year we are asking that Staff and Community members consider donating as little as $1 towards our goal of $350. It will truly be a project with Community Involvement! We sent out an all-staff email this morning and have already received $150.00!! Wow. Only $200 to go.

Here are some of the books we received from Libri three years ago. It's sure worth doing again:

Recently Added

A number of culture-related titles have recently been added. They came from the personal collection of a librarian at Sacramento City College, who offered a large number of books to tribal libraries. They're not newly published, but they are new to us...

There is also a constant stream of book and DVD donations coming in from the community, and we thank you very much.