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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 19, 2002 - Issue 72


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"Native Heroes" Essay Contest

"Native Heroes" Essay Contest Announced!
Winners to be announced in the January 4 issue

Peace Party posterAs a follow-up to our "Native Heroes" drawing contest, Blue Corn Comics and Canku Ota are holding an essay contest for young writers. Our goal is to encourage kids to get in touch with their creative side and their Native heritage.

Here are the rules:


The theme of the contest is "Native Heroes." That includes the anonymous heroes who domesticated corn and built civilizations such as Cahokia, historical heroes such as Sacagawea and Sitting Bull, modern heroes such as Jim Thorpe and Wilma Mankiller, and personal heroes such as one's parents or teachers. It also includes fictional heroes such as Tonto, Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Thunderbird of the X-Men, and Billy and Drew of Peace Party.

In a page or so, tell us why someone is a hero. Why do you admire this person? What qualities make him or her great?

You can submit essays in one of THREE age categories: 0-8, 9-13, and 14-18. Each category will be judged separately.

We prefer that you send essays by e-mail to Vicki at Canku Ota, email If that isn't possible, you can write to Vicki at Canku Ota and she'll give you a mailing address. With each essay include the writer's first name, e-mail address (to notify you if you win), age, tribal affiliation (if any), name of school (if any), city and state or province, and title or subject of the essay. See our privacy policy for more information. All submissions become the property of Canku Ota unless you include a self-addressed stamped envelope for their return.

Deadline: November 30, 2002

Rob Schmidt, publisher of Blue Corn Comics, and a panel of comic-book and Native experts will pick winners in each category. All decisions of the judges are final.

The winner in each age category will receive a pack of six classic comic books, including one issue of PEACE PARTY and one of another Indian comic book. All entries will be posted on the Canku Ota website for people to see. Entries of exceptional quality may be published in a future edition of PEACE PARTY.

The small print: Void where prohibited by law.

So sharpen your pencils and dust off your keyboards. We hope this will be a fun experience for all the readers of Canku Ota and PEACE PARTY.

Note: For information on using Native-themed comic books in your school or library, visit Blue Corn Comics

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