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Saturday, 23 January

21:23

Where do you shelve Native American stories? American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

The title of this post, "Where do you shelve Native American stories?" is directly primarily at librarians but the information is important to teachers, too, and writers. It is a quick and short response to a question about shelving of folk and fairy tales.

The stories I have in mind are the ones that are broadly characterized as myths, legends, and folktales.

First: the book you have in hand may not even be a Native American traditional story. Its art might tell you it is. It might even have the name of a specific Native Nation in it somewhere. In the title, maybe, or in the story, or in an author's note. That doesn't mean it is actually a Native American story. If it is a "based on" story where the author has drawn from several different nations, then, it is not a Native American story. Even though it looks like one, it ought to be shelved in fiction. If you use it in library programming, you should tell students that it is not a Native story. You should also tell students that Native people don't like it when writers use their stories that way. Give them examples -- I think you'll have to make up the example, because I don't know of a children's book that actually does this with two or more distinct world religions and then calls it a story of one of those religions. In short: if the story is "based on" stories from more than one Native Nation, it should be shelved in fiction.

Second: If you have determined it is about a single nation and that the art and words of the story accurately depict that single nation, ask yourself if it involves the creation of some aspect of that nation's way of viewing the world. If you determine it is a creation story, then it should be shelved in the same place that you put Bible stories. Shelving it there is an important signal that these are stories that are sacred--as sacred as Bible stories are to Christians. Generally speaking, people treat Bible stories with a respect that ought to be given to...

16:01

Dennis Banks Declares War on Drugs with Longest Walk 5 - ICTMN.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Dennis Banks Declares War on Drugs with Longest Walk 5 - ICTMN.com: Native Americans suffer the highest rates of diabetes, followed by African Americans. The Longest Walk 4 was a reverse walk held in 2014. It began in Washington, D.C., and ended on Alcatraz Island. The purpose was to educate Americans about the history of our many tribal removals from our homelands due to government policy. The Longest Walk 5: War on Drugs will cover 3,600 miles, and will travel through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, before ending in Washington, D.C. on July 15.

15:10

5 dead, 2 critical after shootings in northern Saskatchewan - Story | KTVU Aboriginal News Group Newswire

5 dead, 2 critical after shootings in northern Saskatchewan - Story | KTVU: Trudeau said the shootings occurred at a high school and another location but did not release any information on the second location. School shootings are rare in Canada.

The grade 7 through 12 La Loche Community School is in the remote aboriginal community of La Loche, Saskatchewan. The school's Facebook page said it would remain on lockdown until the Royal Canadian Police resolve the matter. It asked the public to stay away.

It was unclear how many died at the school. Police have yet to announce any details.

13:05

Blackhorse: Yet Another Designer Releases 'Navajo' Collection Indian Country Headline News

This week, fashion designer Rebecca Taylor released a pre-spring “Navajo” collection and, almost immediately, pulled the name “Navajo” from their line....

Moya-Smith: 6 Banal Defenses of Columbus Day, And How You Should Respond to the Moron Indian Country Headline News

Glaring contradictions. Stupid fucking lies, and good ol’ American bullshit....

05:32

How Did I Miss That? Mr. Guthrie Hated Mr. Trump; Palin, Uh, "Speaks" Indian Country Headline News

Maybe only an academic could love this, but a scholar rooting in a historical archive uncovered a very topical piece of legitimate current event...

Bears Ears Coalition Splits From ‘Disrespectful’ Congressional Reps Indian Country Headline News

Native advocates for the creation of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah will begin meetings later this month with the administration of President Barack Obama aft...

Native Voters Turned Away at Polls Sue North Dakota Indian Country Headline News

Tribal elder Dorothy Herman voted in North Dakota for more than 40 years....

03:43

Debbie--have you read... NEVER NEVER by Brianna R. Shrum American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Over on Twitter, a colleague asked if I'd read Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum. I haven't, so here it is in the "Debbie--have you read..." series.

Never Never came out last year (2015) from Spencer Hill Press, which is an independent publishing house specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance for young adult readers. That description (from their website) makes me think I ought to go through their catalog. Lot of writers create characters that have Native ancestry and therefore, powers of some kind.

Here's the synopsis:

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one.

And, here's the last line from the School Library Journal:

Filled with familiar characters such as the Lost Boys, th...

Friday, 22 January

18:47

GOLDEN MILK: THE “SPICE OF LIFE” TONIC TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY & REDUCE INFLAMMATION – RECIPE ULTRA KULTURE

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Golden milk,  not actually milk at all,  is a potent medicinal beverage made from a combination of tumeric spice mixed with either coconut milk, coconut oil, almond milk or Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil Blend (depending on what you prefer.)

Turmeric: The Magic Ingredient with Over 150 Potentially Therapeutic Activities

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