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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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collected by Paul and Vicki
Lakota Language Program
Since language, culture and identity are intimately associated, the loss of Native languages is a dire trend for the survival and identities of entire cultures. The Lakota Language Program at Red Cloud Indian School aims to revitalize the living use of the Lakota language and, therefore, encourage strong and healthy Lakota identities among Red Cloud students and their families. We also hope to become a model for other indigenous languages to follow in the further preservation of language across the world. We envision a future in which students graduate from high school as fluent speakers of their Lakota language, with a stronger sense of self, and an everlasting connection to their heritage.
Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts, located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was established in 1963 by the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture while sponsoring dynamic educational programs, reconstructed historic villages, engaging exhibits, and scholarly research stimulating interest in the enduring legacy of the Cherokee people.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project®
The Cheyenne River Youth Project® was founded in January 1988 in response to the community’s need for more services that support struggling children and their families. Originally housed in a converted bar on the town’s Main Street, the organization created a safe place for children to come after school, offering activities such as arts and crafts, intramural sports and volunteer mentorship, in addition to serving a healthy meal and snack each day. The youth center, known locally as “The Main”, was operated completely by a volunteer staff and quickly became a vital element of the Cheyenne River Community. Despite its small size, and very little money for programming, the center was filled to capacity each day.
Crying Hill: Knowing our history is knowing ourselves
Crying Hill is rich in heritage and sacredness for the Mandan, Hidatsa, Lakota, and Arikara Native American Indian tribes, as well as for all people who live in the Missouri River valley and North Dakota. First and second-hand stories about Crying Hill have been collected in recent years.
Lightning Stick Society
To utilize the sport of lacrosse, to promote the empowerment of native families by supporting their economic, emotional, physical and spiritual development. Our vision is a world where native communities are valued and safe, and can live in equality, peace and harmony.!__home
Nutrition for Kids: Activities & WebQuests
Nutrition is extremely important to our overall health. This is especially imperative when it comes to kids, since they are in the early stages of physical development, and they need to have healthy and strong bodies. Getting the right nutrition each and every day will help to ensure that our children are healthy, well, and happy. A diet rich in protein, calcium, fiber, and other essential nutrients should be a part of every child’s daily diet. With some help and education, parents and teachers can ensure that kids are getting the right nutrition they need to stay healthy.
Ak-Chin Indian Community
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground." Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 947 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres.
Wings of America
The Wings mission is to enhance quality of life for American Indian youth in partnership with Native communities. Wings uses running as a catalyst to empower American Indian and Alaskan Native youth to take pride in themselves and their cultural identity, leading to increased self-esteem, health and wellness, leadership and hope, balance and harmony.
Mission US
Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.
Three Rivers Petroglyphs
The Three Rivers petroglyph site contains one of the most numerous collections of petroglyphs in the nation. Of the various petroglyph sites in New Mexico we have visited, this site has by far the most. BLM says that there are over 21,000, and many are in excellent condition.
Sound Experience
Sound Experience sails the historic schooner Adventuress to educate, inspire, and empower an inclusive community to make a difference for the future of our marine environment.
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Cubism was an influential art movement of the early twentieth century, started by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque between the years of 1907 and 1914. It is considered the first abstract style of modern art, as it abandoned perspective and realism.
Guggenheim: Cubism
Click on any of the pictures for a curator's annotation, along with links to the artist's bio and gallery. For a brief history of cubism, click on the "More" link in the opening paragraph. "The advent of this style [cubism] marked a rupture with the European traditions, traceable to the Renaissance, of pictorial illusionism and the organization of compositional space in terms of linear perspective."
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Cubism
"The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles coined the term Cubism after seeing the landscapes Braque had painted in 1908 at L'Estaque in emulation of Cézanne. Vauxcelles called the geometric forms in the highly abstracted works 'cubes.'" The thumbnails at the top of the page can be viewed individually or as a slideshow. For more art history, explore the Related links below the pull quote in the middle of the page.
MoMA: Cubism
"The first organized group showing by Cubists took place in a separate room, 'Salle 41', at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris in 1911; it included work by Fernand Léger, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Jean Metzinger and Albert Gleizes, but nothing by Picasso or Braque." For more on cubism, use the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the page. A handful of artwork from the MoMA's collection is shown here with a horizontal slider. You'll find more works by searching for "cubism" using the tool in the upper left-hand corner.
Artsy: Cubism
"The Art Genome Project is an ongoing study to map the characteristics (known as 'genes') that connect the world's artists and artworks. There are over 500 genes including art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities." This gallery is about the cubism gene, and it defaults to organizing the artworks by artist. You can, however, switch to a view that shows all 155 cubism works by clicking on "Filter All Cubism."

WikiPaintings: Style: Cubism
With over 2430 images in their cubism gallery, WikiPaintings is the largest exhibit in this week's roundup. You can scroll through the slideshows organized by artist, or click directly on a thumbnail. Details (such as title and artist) popup in the left-hand corner. If they are obstructing your view, you can close them by clicking on the X icon. What's missing is any sort of introduction or history, but what you get is lots and lots of pictures.

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Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962) created a new standard for First Ladies because instead of retreating to a private life of decorating and entertaining, Eleanor continued her public life by holding press conferences, giving lectures, doing radio broadcasts, and writing a daily syndicated newspaper column. She was an outspoken advocate for social justice for women and minorities both during her stint as First Lady of the United States (1933-1945) and afterwards.
Biography: Eleanor Roosevelt
"After her husband [Franklin D. Roosevelt] suffered a polio attack in 1921, Eleanor stepped forward to help Franklin with his political career. When her husband became president in 1933, Eleanor dramatically changed the role of the first lady." Learn more with seven short videos and one full television episode (forty-six minutes long.) There is a Quick Facts section in the left-hand column, and a two-page biography feature as well.
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill is a nonprofit organization promoting Eleanor's vision of social justice. This section of the site is about her life. "Refusing to be confined to the traditional women's roles of her time, she [Eleanor Roosevelt] was active in political and social arenas. Her partnership as wife and First Lady to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was but one aspect of her full and complex life." Visit for an interactive biography slide show and a list of online resources for further study.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project
"As she [Eleanor Roosevelt] moved from first lady to diplomat to citizen activist, she not only became the most ardent champion of human rights, but also one of the century's most prolific journalists - publishing more than 8,000 columns, 580 articles, 27 books, 100,000 letters, delivering over 1000 speeches, and appearing on more than 300 radio and television shows." This research center at The George Washington University is working to bring Eleanor's "voice back into the written record."
PBS American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt
Although the full video from this PBS television special is not available online, there is lots of collateral material worth seeing. It includes a biography, a time line, bonus video clips and an multimedia interactive about Eleanor's goodwill tour of the South Pacific in 1943. "To make her trip useful, Eleanor, traveling as a representative of the Red Cross, inspected the organization's installations on the islands. She kept the plans of her trip a secret and made the 10,000 mile journey to Australia alone so as not to incur criticism for disrupting military operations."

FDR Library: Eleanor Roosevelt
"Both her [Eleanor Roosevelt's] parents died when she was a child; her mother in 1892, and her father in 1894. After her mother's death, Eleanor went to live with her grandmother, Mrs. Valentine G. Hall, in Tivoli, New York. She was educated by private tutors until the age of 15, when she was sent to Allenswood, a school for girls in England." Visit the FDR Library site for an Eleanor biography with Fast Facts and a timeline. The bio is also available as a printable three-page PDF.

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Fall of Communism
The mostly peaceful Revolutions of 1989 brought the collapse of communist governments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. They also marked the end of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West.
BBC: 1989: Key Events in Europe's Revolution
"The fall of the Iron Curtain which lifted communist rule across a swathe of Europe was as swift as it was unexpected." From February 6, when Poland's communist government entered into talks with banned trade union Solidarity, to December 25 when Romanian president Ceausescu was executed by a firing squad, BBC outlines the key events of the Revolutions of 1989.
BBC: Mapping the Fall of Communism 1989-1991
The fall of communism brought big changes to Europe's political landscape. In this interactive map, you'll see new countries appear (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and so on) and watch existing countries throw off communist rule (Hungary, Poland, Romania, etc.) as they turn from red to white on the map. Traverse through the eight maps using the Next and Back buttons.
Center for History and New Media: Making the History of 1989
"Textbooks often describe the events of that year [1989] as the inevitable collapse of a repressive system in favor of a freer democratic form of government. But the reality is much more complex. Many forces, both internal and external, conspired to bring down the Communist regimes, and not every government that replaced them could be described as fully democratic." With reproduced primary sources, scholar interviews, teaching modules and case studies, Making the History of 1989 is my pick of the week. Don't miss it.
Google Cultural Institute: Fall of the Iron Curtain
Google presents twelve interactive exhibits "about life under Communist rule using documents, photos, videos and in some cases personal accounts of events." Topics include German reunification, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Solidarity Party in Poland, life in East Berlin, the TV broadcast of the Romanian revolution, and many more.

The Nation: Empire Falls: the Revolutions of 1989
"The history of Eastern Europe in the second half of the twentieth century can be told as the story of two series of revolutions: the communist-led revolutions of the post-World War II years that ousted the former ruling elites and transformed largely rural societies into urban industrial ones; and the anticommunist revolutions of 1989, mostly peaceful and in one case even ‘velvet,' that overturned entrenched party regimes already weakened by political sclerosis." This article from The Nation examines the events of 1989 and its many complicated causes.

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Halloween Crafts
Boo! It's time for all things creepy and spooky. Are you ready for Halloween? This week's picks of clever do-it-together craft projects are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
All Kids Network: Halloween Crafts for Kids
"These Halloween crafts for kids will appeal to kids of all ages and, as always, we have made every one of them in our own home to ensure that they are child friendly and fun! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!" I liked this craft collection because they all seemed quite doable. For example, the Floating Ghost is made from an old t-shirt and Elmer's Glue, and has just a few steps.
Busy Bee Kids Crafts: Halloween Crafts
"Easy and inexpensive kids projects to add some 'scary' and 'spooky' to your celebration!" Visit Busy Bee Kids Crafts for two dozen illustrated craft projects (for ages two and up) and last, but not least, a whole slew of Halloween printables including coloring pages, mazes, word search puzzles, mad libs, and dot-to-dots.
I Heart Naptime: 55+ Amazing Halloween Crafts
I Heart Naptime doesn't host these crafts, but rather offers a photo and a link to "some of the BEST Halloween crafts from around the web." To actually visit the craft site, click on the title below the image. If you're a Pinterest fan, you'll probably try clicking on the image, but that won't work here.
Pinterest: Jean Van't Hul: Halloween Crafts and Ideas
Next up, Pinterest! Pinterest should always be on your go-to list for crafts, because it is a visual medium, it's a natural place for people to curate their favorite craft projects from all over the web. This Halloween craft collection is from Jean Van't Hul, of the Artful Parent, who describes herself as "passionate about children's art and creativity."

Spoonful: Halloween Crafts
"Trick-or-treaters can get into the spirit with these spooky Halloween crafts, ghostly Halloween decorations, and scary Halloween house decorations." Spoonful has Crafts for Kids (about midway down the page) as well as ideas for Yard Decorations, Pumpkin Carving and Front-Door Decor. The crafts you see listed under each heading are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For more projects, click on the heading itself.

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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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