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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sherman Alexie News

The Richland (WA) School Board has un-banned Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. This is really pretty funny: at the time they had voted to ban the book, no one on the School Board had read it, and only one person on the advisory committee who recommended against the book had read it.

This bit of news came to us via Alexie's twitter account, which in turn points to his blog. The blog is very lively, including information about his schedule, discussion of developments in publishing and the media market (ebooks; the demise of Borders; the changes in Netflix; etc.).

Friday, July 22, 2011

New Books on Native Topics

In an article in Indian Country Today, Native author and legal scholar Marc Trahant recommended three books for "summer reading":

The Echo-Hawk title was already on our shopping list. We've added the other two.

Canoe Journey Articles and Photos

It's awfully quiet around here. It's not true that 'everybody' on their way to Swinomish, but it sure feels like it...

Tlingit Canoe Landing at Hollywood Beach, Port Angeles, July 17, 2011 (click for larger image>

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Alaska Language Map

There is an updated map of Alaska Native Languages. News story and link to the website with map, information about each culture, illustrations, etc. It's cool.

Native Daughters

Interesting website, a student project from the University of North Dakota: Past Present Future: Native Daughters, "stories, profiles and multimedia projects about a diverse group of Native American women."

Thank you to the mailinglist of the American Indian Library Association, and to the Santa Ysabel Virtual Tribal Library for pointing out this beautifully-made website.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Canoe Story

A 500-year old canoe has been found on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Think about that while we wait for the 2011 Canoe Journey to arrive. Landing will be around 1 PM on Sunday, down at Hollywood Beach.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Missing Shortcut

Every weekday the summer food program serves lunches in the Education Building at 11AM, and at the Upper at 12 noon. It really seems that there should be a tram, or a little bridge, or something, to get straight from A to B, and then back again. Or maybe we should be birds, carrying those lunch bags in our talons, straight across the river valley...

Driving Route from the Tribal Center to the Gathering Place (click for larger image)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lists, We Love Lists

There's a really interesting post on the PaperTigers blog about children's books written by or about contemporary Native Americans. The author, Nancy Bo Flood, teaches at Diné Navajo College in Tuba City, Arizona, and she has wonderful lists of titles she recommends.

We already have a lot of these books, and will put the rest on our ever-growing, never-executed shopping list.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Food Program

Lunches for kids available in the Education Department from 11AM to 11:30 AM, and at the Gathering Place at the Upper Housing Area from 12noon to 12:30.

Parking Lot for Today's Lunch

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Absolutely True Diary...

The Literacy Council has given us a whole bunch of copies of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and we are giving them away to middle-school, high-school and adult students. Come by the library and ask for one if you don't already have it.

... :-)

Canoe Route Map and Landing Schedule

The landing schedule map for the Paddle to Swinomish has been posted. It's really complicated this year.

(Click for larger image...)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Doing Research : Databases and Information Sources : Free ;-)

Doing research at home or in the computer lab is easy as 1-2-3:

1. The Washington State Library has paid for access to magazine and newspaper databases, which you can use either in the computer lab or on your home computer, logging in with Elwha's own login.

  • ProQuest includes full text of national and northwest newpaper articles; general magazines; business news, Ethnic NewsWatch, and many other resources. To access Proquest go to http://proquest.umi.com/login Call the library for the login and password 452-8471x7431, or stop by and pick up a handout. (We aren't supposed to just publish it on the web, so can't show it here.)
  • Culturegrams gives information about 200 countries, the 50 states, and Canada’s provinces. To access Culturegrams go to http://online.culturegrams.com/ Call the library for the login and password, or stop by to pick up a handout.

2.The public library in town has an amazing array of databases: magazines and newspapers, auto and small engine repair, genealogy, business info, homework help, and more. Their Articles and Databases page gets you started. You will need a library card to access them at home (but it's easy to get one), or can get them at the library in town.

3. Peninsula College gives you access to an even vaster array of resources, including programs for learning languages, historical documents, electronic books, academic periodicals, etc etc. You can see the full list, but will then need a student ID to log in from home. They are available for free use to all community members from computers inside the Peninsula College Library; so if you find a resource on the list that you need, you can use it without being a student; just head for the college library.