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(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Favorite Sites
collected by Paul and Vicki
Lyz Jaakola
Elizabeth Jaakola (Anishinaabe, enrolled member of Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) has had a varied musical background. Performing and writing in many styles/genres, she’s difficult to pigeonhole, but these cameleon-like traits are only natural for a Native woman who readily embraces her mixed heritage. She’s currently compiling her Native-based choral pieces, striving to promote Anishinaabe music performances and education, occasionally gigging around town in her Blues band (Lyz Jaakola & the Smokin Chimokes), recording various projects such as the Native women's handdrum group, Oshkii Giizhik Singers' sweetheart CD and Anishinaabe Youth Chorus' sophomore recording, in between teaching and parenting 2 fabulous young sons.
Keith Secola
Native folk & blues rocker Keith Secola is an accomplished artist: award-winning musician, master guitarist and native flute player; singer, songwriter, composer and producer. His music is familiar to thousands of fans across North America and Europe, where he's been playing his brand of progressive music in concerts to a cult following for many years. Keith's famous song, "NDN Kars", is considered the contemporary Native American anthem and is the most requested song on Native radio in the US and Canada. Keith Secola is Anishinabe (Ojibwa) originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of northern Minnesota, now residing in Arizona. He's a member of the Anishinabe Nation of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario, Canada.
Two Rivers Gallery
Above all things Two Rivers Gallery is a resource to native artists in this and many surrounding communities. With unfailing and unflaling grace, the staff of Two Rivers has put together shows that not only deepen the mind but fill the soul as well. That being said, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the our offical website. Within the site you will find the show that is currently being displayed, and though not all of our past shows will be present, will we try to get as many of them online as we can.
Ancient Traders Gallery
All My Relations is an urban Indian arts program designed to honor and strengthen relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the soul of the neighborhood. All My Relations at Ancient Traders Gallery is a cultural collaboration of the Great Neighborhoods! Development Corporation.
Bockley Gallery
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5 pm
2123 West 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405
About the Tweed Museum
With a permanent collection of over 6,000 art objects representing a range of cultures and periods of art history, the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth is a major cultural and educational resource for the Upper Midwest.
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum's collection features early 20th century American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.

Patrick's Cabaret
Edgy, experimental, improvisational, culturally expansive, socially relevant, politically charged, entertaining, provocative, mesmerizing, chutzpa. What's your Patrick's experience?

Charley Singer
I am Charley Singer - welcome to my world. I and my wife of 40 years, Marie, reside in the Birdsprings Chapter Community on the Navajo Reservation near Flagstaff, Arizona. Our primitive day-to-day lives with all their simplicity and beauty find expression through my artwork. My paintings represent my life, reflecting what I see and feel from the breathtaking panorama of my homeland. I have never pursued formal art training, yet I have felt blessed with a natural talent to create and capture vibrant, enchanting images on paper and canvas.
David K. John
Raised by his great grandfather, David grew up hearing the stories and teachings of his homeland. In his art, John expresses his own interpretations of his childhood learning with the utmost care and respect. John has won many awards for his paintings and masks, including awards at the Intertribal Ceremonial in Gallup and the Santa Fe Indian Market.
Reel Injun: A documentary film by Neil Diamond
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.
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Charles Dickens
English novelist Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870) not only achieved fame in his lifetime, but continues to be popular to this day. He is known for his iconic characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and for his portrayal of Victorian London, as if the city was another character in his stories.

BBC: Charles Dickens Animation
Yup, you read that correctly. BBC presents a delightful animated introduction to Charles Dickens' life. In addition to the video, there is a multimedia version, called Scene Selector, an annotated slide show with hotspots for the discovery of additional material about Dickens life and work. For more Dickens fun, follow the Play the Game link to Survive Dickens' London. "Dodge through Victorian London, avoiding the gangs and villains and trials and tribulations of Dickensian London in order to seek out Charles Dickens in his chalet hideaway in Rochester."

David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page
David Perdue's fan page is dedicated to enhancing "the reader's experience, providing background on Dickens, his work, and the times in which he lived." And, he's successful on all counts! Visit for Dickens Fast Facts, summaries of each of his novels, a cross-linked list of 400 Dickens characters, a look at Dickens' London, a timeline, and a glossary that defines terms from Victorian English that you probably don't not know. "Blacking -- shoe or boot polish. As a child Dickens was employed at Warren's Blacking factory."
Victorian Web: Charles Dickens
The Victorian Web is a compilation of literature resources from Brown University. The Dickens section contains several hyperlinked biographies as well as critical reviews of biographies written in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The links allow you to dive deeper into the material, to learn, for example, about the role that child labor played in the Industrial Revolution. Literature students will appreciate the sections on themes, genre, characterization, imagery, and the political and social history of Dickens' times.
New York Public Library: Charles Dickens
"Dickens' childhood was a sorry mixture of the fondly remembered and the wholly detested." Librarian Kenneth Benson of The New York Public Library, brings us an online Dickens seminar, divided into six sessions. Starting with The Young Dickens, you can follow the illustrated online class by clicking on the session links at the bottom or top of the each page. For teachers, there is a lesson plan with learning objectives listed in the left-hand navigation menu.

PBS: Dickens
PBS Dickens (online companion to the 2003 three-part television series) covers both his life and career with essays by Joel J. Brattin, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This attractive site includes illustrations from some of Dickens first editions, and reproductions from his original serial publications. "Dickens' first novel, the brilliantly comic THE PICKWICK PAPERS, brought him enormous fame. Like all his subsequent novels, it was originally published serially, that is, in installments or parts over time. He not only published serially but wrote serially too, planning each installment carefully."

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Presidents' Day Activities
Although the federal government calls the holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February, Washington's Birthday, most people (and many states) call it Presidents' Day. Presidents' Day become popularized in the mid-1980s as a holiday honoring both Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Over the years it has evolved into a day commemorating all U.S. Presidents.
Apples 4 Teacher: President's Day Activities
Apples4Teacher is the mother lode of Presidents' Day activities for elementary age kids. The activities include interactive coloring pages, stories, biographies, word searches, reading lists, articles about all the presidents, and presidential poems. Here's the opening of one by Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr, to help you memorize the order of the first twenty-eight presidents. "George Washington, Adams and Jefferson three / First rulers of Uncle Sam's land of the free / Then Madison, Monroe and Adams again / All clever and upright and good honest men."
Enchanted Learning: Activities for Presidents' Day
For Presidents' Day and Washington and Lincoln's birthdays, Enchanted Learning offers fifteen crafts for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary ages. All can be made with common craft supplies, such as paper, scissors, glue, string, pencils and Popsicle sticks. Projects that caught my eye include a Lincoln stovepipe hat made from a toilet paper tube, and the Tree of Presidents, where each U.S. president is represented by a leaf. Some of the printable worksheets require a paid membership, but there are plenty of craft projects that are free.
Family Education: Presidents' Day Activities and Printables for Kids
Family Education has done a smashing job with their Presidents' Day resources for elementary and middle-school students. First recommended stop is Positively Presidential, a six-question interactive trivia quiz about the everyday lives of Washington and Lincoln. Next comes printable games and activities, which include crafts (Egg Carton Uncle Sam), coloring pages, and simple writing exercises ( "I Cannot Tell a Lie" Cherry Pie). Some of the activities require free registration.
Kaboose: Presidents' Day Crafts
Kaboose organizes their Presidents' Day resources into four tabs: Crafts, Activities/Games, Printables, and All About the Presidents. Crafts include a two-foot-long crepe paper flag, a pretzel stick Abe Lincoln log cabin, and a White House made from craft sticks. Games include quizzes about the American Flag and George Washington, as well as links to off-site resources. Coloring pages and word search puzzles are listed under Printables; articles on topics as varied as presidential kids, health and foods are in the last category, All About the Presidents.

Guildford County Schools: Presidents' Day Webquest
"In this webquest you will find many interesting facts about these presidents, as you travel back in time to explore our national history." As a time traveler, you'll explore the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to gather data about Presidents Washington and Lincoln on a Presidential Scavenger Hunt Sheet. Then, you'll return to present day to write up your findings. Created by Jacqueline Bailey, a third-grade teacher at Summerfield Elementary School in North Carolina, this webquest has everything you need to complete the project, including lists of appropriate websites and printable forms for data collection.

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Ratio and Proportion
A ratio is the mathematic relationship between two numbers, where one is divided by the other. A proportion is an equation where two ratios are equal. A typical use might be something like this. The ratio of boys to girls on the bus is five to four. If the teacher counts fifteen boys, how many girls are on the bus?

Algebra Help: Proportion Basics
Algebra Help's four-page introduction to proportion, means and extremes concludes with a twenty-question worksheet that includes both a manual answer sheet and a step-by-step solution to each problem. "The four parts of the proportion are separated into two groups, the means and the extremes, based on their arrangement in the proportion. Reading from left-to-right and top-to-bottom, the extremes are the very first number, and the very last number." Ratios and Proportions
"In a horror movie featuring a giant beetle, the beetle appeared to be 50 feet long. However, a model was used for the beetle that was really only 20 inches long. A 30-inch tall model building was also used in the movie. How tall did the building seem in the movie?"'s lesson is divided into four steps: First Glance, In Depth, Examples and Workout. The Workout consists of a ten problems with automatic grading. Unfortunately "Check Your Answer" does not work in Firefox 3.5 but does in Internet Explorer 8.

Purple Math: Ratios
This seven-page lesson from Purple Math has lots of word problems where the work is shown, and the answer explained. "Conversion factors are simplified ratios, so they might be covered around the same time that you're studying ratios and proportions. For instance, suppose you are asked how many feet long an American football field is. You know that its length is 100 yards. You would then use the relationship of 3 feet to 1 yard, and multiply by 3 to get 300 feet."

Thinking Blocks: Solving Ratio Word Problems
This all-Flash site is my pick of the day because it explains ratios using interactive manipulatives. Be sure to start with the intro video because it will walk you through a practice problem, explaining the different parts of the screen where the virtual math teacher provides feedback, and where you build the ratio models using virtual blocks. "While guided practice sets encourage students to create models with concrete objects; the independent practice sets help students transition to more abstract representations using paper and pencil."

WebMath: Help with Ratios
Today's last site is not another lesson, but rather a tool. There are three ways to represent a ratio: "x:y" or "x/y" or "x to y". Enter a sample ratio in one of the three input boxes, and WebMath will explain a bit about it. For example, entering 3 and 4 in the first line of the tool, produces this. "You entered 3:4. This is a ratio that is read '3 to 4.' Here 3 is called the antecedent, and 4 is called the consequent. The first term is always called the antecedent and the second term is always called the consequent."

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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