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At DesignBuildBLUFF we give architecture students the chance to design and build a new home for a deserving Navajo family in Bluff, Utah. They do this with a focus on sustainability and respect to the unique social, cultural and environmental needs of the region. Students are encouraged to explore alternative building methods, unique building materials and innovative solutions. It is, in a way, the ultimate sustainability—use of the elements naturally at hand, within reach, both physically and economically.
Tony Abeyta
Tony Abeyta was raised in Gallup, N.M. of Navajo and Anglo descent. He creates a powerful
range of contemporary paintings. He explores different mediums such as oil and monotype creating
a variety of pieces including charcoal drawings, large scale oil and sand paintings, and abstract
mixed media pieces incorporating encaustic wax, copper and printmaking. His individual style
incorporates bold colors, rich textures and representations of Navajo deities.
About the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics
The first World Eskimo Olympics was held in Fairbanks in 1961 drawing contestants and dance teams from Barrow, Unalakleet, Tanana, Fort Yukon, Noorvik and Nome. The event was a big success and has been held annually ever since.
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Cell Phone Photography
They say the best camera is the one you have with you when the shot appears. And with so many of us carrying camera phones with us wherever we go, cell phone photography is a growing hobby. Learn how to take your cell phone photography to the next level with tips and reviews from the following sites.
Digital Photography School: 12 Tips for Improving Camera Phone Photos
"The better lit your subject is the clearer your image is likely to be. If possible shoot outside or turn on lights when shooting inside." These twelve helpful tips from Darren Rowse are just one article on a whole site dedicated to learning digital photography. Although many of the articles may not be applicable to a phone, the basic tenets of good photography still apply whether your camera is also a phone, or not.
HOSSedia: iPhone Photography Tutorial
This twelve-page tutorial starts with a list of apps, divided into two categories. The first is those apps referenced in the tutorial, the second is "not referenced in the tutorial, but cool nonetheless." After downloading the necessary apps, you can traverse through the lessons using the page navigation at the bottom of each article. HOSSedia does sell books and other training, but this online tutorial is free.
iPhoneography is a review site that focuses on iPhone "shooting, editing & sharing." Recent reviews were about video coming to Instagram and a Kickstarter-funded gadget called BubblePop that spins your camera phone so you can take 360º panoramic images. Really. There are no categories to organize the articles, but tags offer an alternative navigation system, and there is a chronological archive (look in the header menu.)
Mashable: Photo Apps
Mashable is a tech magazine that frequently reviews apps. In fact, they've got a whole section just for photo apps. Recent articles include tips on how to add a faux tan to your pix (sounds a whole lot healthier than the kind you get outdoors!) and a roundup of seven photo editing apps to use with Instagram. Just keep in mind as you peruse the archive that things change quickly in the app world, and older articles may be out of date.

National Geographic: How to Take Camera Photo Pictures
"In capable hands, a camera phone - the most widely used kind of camera in history - can produce compelling images. In this gallery, get tips for taking the best shots wherever you go." Who better to give photo advice than National Geographic? "Photo Tip: Wait for the magic hour. During the times of sunrise and sunset, the sky is colorful enough for even a camera phone to capture land and sky with fairly good exposure." In addition to the thirteen tips, you get thirteen fabulous photos annotated with the type of phone the shot was taken with.

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Eric Carle
Best known for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator. Learn about his collage techniques and view his colorful artwork at today's website picks.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art: Art Activities
"The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world." If you can't make it to Amherst, MA, you can enjoy the museum through its art activities, many of which are described in easy-to-share PDFs listed here. Other worthwhile clicks found under Resources include About Eric, and Book Lists.
National Gallery of Art: Collage Machine
Although this interactive Collage Machine does not specifically mention Carle, it's a fun and easy online art activity. Be sure to play with the transparency slide to create a tissue paper look similar to Carle's. To get started, you can scroll through previous work (click on Auto) or start from scratch by clicking on any of the shapes in the icon menu. You can view more images by scrolling left and right, using the green forward and backward arrows.
NPR: The Art of Eric Carle
This three minute video features Eric Carle narrating a slideshow displaying scenes from his art studio and artwork from his books. "My books, I treat each page as a poster. Most of it is front or side view without perspective." In it he explains his attraction to color, and answers a common question from kids: What's your favorite color?
The Official Eric Carle Web Site
"Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart." Visit his official website for a biography, a book list, games and coloring pages. My favorite clicks are the FAQ, and the Eric Carle Collage Making Instruction Sheet. You'll find them both on the FAQ/Newsletters/Downloads/Games page.

Scholastic: Eric Carle Author Study
This one-page author study from Scholastic starts with a video trailer for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." Next up is a short biography, followed by cross-curriculum Learning Activities that connect art, science and math with Carle's work. "Eric Carle prepares his own colored tissue papers to use for his illustrations. He is able to produce different textures by using various brushes to splash, spatter and fingerpaint acrylic paints onto thin tissue papers."

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Bald Eagles
The Bald Eagle is a North American bird of prey, and it is both the national bird and national animal of the United States. As an American symbol, the Bald Eagle can be seen on the President's Seal (look for it on the lectern when the President is speaking) and on the back of many coins including the silver Kennedy half dollar, and the gold $5 coin.
American Bald Eagle Information
"Bald Eagles are found throughout most of North America, from Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. About half of the world's 70,000 bald eagles live in Alaska. Combined with British Columbia's population of about 20,000, the northwest coast of North America is by far their greatest stronghold for bald eagles. They flourish here in part because of the salmon." With slideshows, photo galleries, and lots of articles, publisher Hope Rutledge has built an excellent resource for students researching school reports.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds: Bald Eagle
"The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that." The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a non-profit dedicated to "advancing the understanding of nature and engaging people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet." Their Bald Eagle page includes keys to identification, a summary of behavior and habitat, a photo slideshow, and a sound gallery. "For such a powerful bird, the Bald Eagle emits surprisingly weak-sounding calls."
National Geographic Animals: Bald Eagle
"The Bald Eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States - yet the bird was nearly wiped out there." National Geographic is our go-to site for animal facts, not because they have more facts than everyone else, but because their layout is concise and well-designed. Be sure to look at Fast Facts for the icon that shows the relative size of a Bald Eagle compared to a six-foot man.
San Diego Zoo: Bald Eagle
"The bald eagle isn't really bald! Its head is covered with short, white feathers. The term ‘bald' may be from the Old English word 'balde' that meant white." For your youngest clickers, this is a colorful and simple introduction to Bald Eagles. For the rest of us, the San Diego Zoo has a more grownup Bald Eagle page. You can find it by following the Zoo link at the bottom of this kids' page, and then searching (in the upper right-hand corner) for "Bald Eagle."

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Bald and Golden Eagles
In addition to the summaries offered on this page, be sure to click through to the Bald Eagle Fact Sheet and learn why the Bald Eagle is an Endangered Species Act success story. "Forty years ago, our national symbol was in danger of extinction throughout most of its range. Habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source, largely as a consequence of DDT, decimated the eagle population."

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Virtual Zoos
June is National Zoo and Aquarium month, and we are going on a virtual zoo hop. I hope you enjoy the lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
National Zoo
Highlights of The National Zoo site from Washington, D.C. are the live animal cams, photo gallery slide show, and the two giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. "Giant pandas are black and white bears that live in temperate-zone bamboo forests in central China. Among the best recognized—but rarest—animals in the world, they have come to symbolize endangered species and conservation efforts." You'll find them in the drop-down Animals menu.
San Diego Zoo: Kids
First stop on our virtual tour of the world-famous San Diego Zoo is their kid section for their zoo games, animal crafts, science experiments, and profiles of "Wildly Famous Featured Creatures." The zoo does a lot of work in animal conservation, and their site has an excellent section on research efforts in China, the Pacific Islands, the southwestern United States, the Caribbean Islands, and South America. For specific animal backgrounders (for reports and such) return to the main zoo homepage, and click on Animals.
Houston Zoo
Best clicks for virtual visitors are found under Meet the Animals and Exhibits. Click around and you'll find articles about Animal Art, Animal Care, and a whole section on animal conservation. "In recent years, conservation biologists have drawn our attention to a worldwide decline in wild populations of frogs, toads, and salamanders – a phenomenon that has come to be called the Global Amphibian Crisis."
Lincoln Park Zoo: Animals
In addition to an annotated photo gallery of animals (listed under Animals in the main navigation menu) also check the Magazine section. Lincoln Park Zoo offers PDF versions of their quarterly magazine that is chock full of interesting articles on animal behavior and conservation studies. Also listed under Magazine, you'll find movies and slideshows. Don't miss Feline and Dandy, two "impressive residents" of the Kovler Lion House.

Los Angeles Zoo: Animals & Plants
Places to explore in the LA Zoo Animals & Plants section include Animal Facts ("Birds are the only vertebrates that have feathers. All birds are warm-blooded, and they lay eggs."), Animal Health, the Elephants of Asia, and the Campo Gorilla Reserve. "Gorillas are the strongest and largest of the great apes, a primate group that also includes chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans."

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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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