Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

Aaron's World of Stories: Folktales
Author and storyteller Aaron Shepard specializes in "retelling folktales and other traditional literature from around the world." Each of his tales is annotated with genre, country of origin, reader age range, and word count. Each also has an Aaron's Extra which might be a song, a poster, or a deleted passage omitted from the published picture book because of limited space. For a complete site map, use Aaron's Indexes, where his stories are organized by title, age level, genre, theme, ethnicity, geography, holiday and more.

Alaska Dept.of Tourism-Student Guide
Everything you always wanted to know about Alaska . . . and more!
Amazon Interactive
Play online games and a community-based ecotourism project along the Río Napo. Learn about the Quichua and the South American rainforest they call home.

American Folklore
"This folklore site contains retellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, tall tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each and every one of the fifty United States. You can read about all sorts of famous characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Daniel Boone, and many more." American Folkore is my pick of the day because of the variety and number of stories they offer. The site also has lesson plans, tongue twisters, and audio versions of many of the ghost stories.

Antarctic Food Pyramid
The students will learn the importance of the food chain's survival, to protect animals from extinction, through a song.

Arctic Environmental Observatory
For information on the Arctic Environmental Observatory and research in the Bering Strait, check out:
Caprock Canyons State Park
Caprock Canyons State Park, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo in Briscoe County, was opened in 1982. - Celebrating the World of Festivals
Celebrate the World of Festivals!
Fun School Geography Games
Nestled among dozens of educational games for upper elementary students are five geography games. On this page, you'll find Capital Field Trip, Capitals, Flag Flags, Where in the World Is?
and U.S. State Detective ("Where is Illinois? No, that's Wisconsin.") Fourth, fifth and sixth grades can race against the clock, as they learn the capitals, flags, countries and states. Younger kids can select the first or second grade category to play Geography Jumble where they can rearrange the virtual alphabet magnets to spell geography-related words.
Geo Bee Challenge
"Come on out and play in the new GeoBee Quiz! Show your geography smarts right here online. Each day we'll post five new questions from the National Geographic Bee. Some of the questions are real stumpers, but it's okay if you miss a few you can play as often as you like." To visit the rest of National Geographic for Kids, look for the small "KIDS" link in the top
left-hand corner.

Geography 4 Kids
Andrew Rader Studios serves up another winner with Geography 4 Kids. The site introduces physical geography and basic earth science including Earth's structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. In addition to the topic tours that start on the homepage, the site includes interactive quizzes, a gallery of panorama photos, links to live cams and monitors, and a collection of wallpapers for your computer desktop.

Google Earth
"Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky." After viewing the short tutorial video, and downloading the free software, I recommend starting with a worldwide Sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Forbidden City and Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Look in the left-hand Places menu for the Sightseeing folder. Select it with a check mark, and then click play.

Grand Portage State Park
Torrents of wild water plummet 120 feet over the High Falls down to the Pigeon River in this park on the U.S. - Canadian border.
Harriman Expedition
Instructed by his doctor to take a vacation, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman described his Alaska outing "as a summer cruise for the pleasure and recreation of my family and a few friends".
Interactive Field Trip to Alaska
The story for this electronic field trip is built around the theme of man's ability and need to carve out a "niche" for himself in the world around him
Introduction to the Islands - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent state with a stable, democratic government. Formerly part of the British colony of the Windward Islands from 1871 to 1969, it became a British Associated State for 10 years prior to full independence in 1979. The governmental system is based on the British system. English, with a unique Vincentian / British accent is spoken throughout the islands.
Juan Tejeda, Conjunto Musician
Conjuto music has a complete record industry, a growing number of radio stations, and supports hundred of full time musicians. Yet this truly original music remains a secret to most of the world. Learn more about it and from a top musician.
Learn more about our Aborignal friends from Australia
Would you like to experience the Dreaming though artist's eyes? Are you interested in Indigenous current affairs? Or maybe you would like to travel the rich land that is home to one of the oldest living cultures? Wherever your interest lies, this section presents you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and broaden your horizons.
Lewis & Clark @
Take a trip with Lewis and Clark
Library of Congress-Country Studies
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army.

Lizardpoint: Test your Geography Knowledge
Web designer Lyndsey McCollam has built a fun collection of thirty-six map quizzes covering continents, countries, states, and capital cities. For each question, you get three tries to correctly identify the answer on a map with a mouse click. Some of the maps, such as the one on the USA state quiz, can be toggled between a mutli-colored map (where each state is a different color) to a single-color map, making the quiz a tad bit harder. Can you identify Iraq on a map? Take the Middle East quiz and find out.

Los Dias De Los Muertos (Days of the Dead)
Every autumn Monarch Butterflies, which have summered up north in the United States and Canada, return to Mexico for the winter protection of the oyamel fir trees. The locale inhabitants welcome back the returning butterflies, which they believe bear the spirits of their departed. The spirits to be honored during Los Dias de los Muertos.
Lucía Chiriboga-Tenguel, the Size of Time
This story takes place in a gigantic piece of real estate of over 70,000 hectares, which extends itself from the Pacific coast up to the edge of the Andean mountain range, at an altitude of 4,000 meters.
Map Machine
National Geographic's Map Page
Maruch Sántiz Gómez
My interest in starting the Chiapas Photography Project in 1992 was -and remains- to offer indigenous people access to the tools and materials of photography, to help them develop skills in camera use and darkroom procedures and to encourage the use of photography for their own purposes.
Mexico Splendors of Thirty Centuries
This is the on-line presentation of a photo-and-text panel exhibit in 24 panels, based on the great traveling exhibition, Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries.
National Atlas
The National Atlas of Canada is responsible for the development and maintenance of an authoritative synthesis of the geography of Canada. Products, in both digital and conventional form, include base maps, and thematic maps that reflect the social, economic, environmental and cultural fabric of Canada. Customized map services are also provided.
National Geographic Online
Explore the World of National Geographic Online:

National Geographic: Play Geography Games
"Test your geography smarts right here online. Each day we'll post ten questions from the National Geographic Bee. Some of them are real stumpers, but it's okay if you miss a few – you can play as often as you like. Come back everyday for a brand new quiz and another chance to beat the Bee!" GeoBee is just one great choice here at National Geographic's Geography Games site. You can play at either an apprentice or expert level, and compete to make the day's high scores board. GeoSpy is another terrific click, a map game where you click to identify continents, countries or states.

Odyssey Home
Want to discover new places? Join millions of others for this online field trip!
Oklahoma Travel Guide
This is the first stop in your upcoming tour of Oklahoma. By clicking through these pages, any visitor can plan a successful, enriching, fun and memorable vacation in the Sooner State. Here, you can take a virtual visit to Oklahoma, finding the best places to visit, sleep over or have dinner. Let your mouse roam to the menu below, and discover Oklahoma.
On-Line Adventure-The Conquistadors
Retrace the adventures of Spanish Conquistadors five hundred years after they traveled to the Americas in search of fame and fortune -- initiating a centuries-long era of imperialism and launching a debate about human rights that continues to this day.

Owl & Mouse: Maps That Teach
With interactive map puzzles, mouseover maps, printable maps, make-your-own maps, and free downloadable map software, Owl & Mouse uses maps to teach geography. Some of the more unusual features are Mega Maps (print maps up to seven feet across) and the printable Make Your Own USA activity. For this exercise, you'll print the background map on normal paper, and the colorful lakes and mountain ranges on tracing (or transparent) paper. With scissors and glue, students cut out geographic features and put them on their map.

Pitara's Kids Network
From India, China, Burma and Aesop, Pitira offers up nearly a hundred illustrated folktales and fables. "Some of these tales will make you think, some of them will make you laugh, some will make you wonder, but almost all of them have hidden wisdom for you to discover!" They also have collections of poems, stories, book reviews, games, coloring pages, and art projects. When navigating the site, be sure to scroll down the page (past several ads) because the page navigation is near the bottom of the layout.

Postcard Geography
This is a class to class exchange of postcards (snail mail or electronic). This project creates opportunity to foster global friendships and can be a gateway to class to class exchanges of all kinds. This is the tenth year this project has been conducted. It is well established and provides an excellent "entry level" project for teachers and classes new to the internet.
Quia's Top Twenty Geography Activities
Quia is a subscription site with tools for creating interactive games and learning activities such as concentration puzzles, quizzes, flash cards, and word searches. Although it costs to create the activities, playing them is free. This page lists the twenty most popular Quia geography quizzes and activities. Topics include U.S. State Capitals, European Countries/Capitals, World Currencies, and Capitals of Spanish Speaking Countries.

Scholastic: Myths, Folktales & Fairy Tales
This Scholastic site is a treasure trove of resources for learning about myths, folktales and fairy tales. Several authors have contributed, fielding questions from young writers wanting to create tales of their own. "When we read these traditional stories from around the world, we find that the things we value most highly, fear most deeply, and hope for most ardently are valued, feared and hoped for by all people. When we read these traditional stories from around the world, we find that the things we value most highly, fear most deeply, and hope for most ardently are valued, feared and hoped for by all people."

SLMS - Antarctic WebQuest
Antarctica. A cold and inhospitable place. A desert covered by ice nearly two miles thick in some inland areas. Bitter cold winds, with gust over 100 mph, freeze the continent solid. Too cold for most animals to live, yet along the coast the seas surrounding Antarctica are teaming with life. Penguins, seals, krill, and killer whales all coexist within this exotic and alien world.
St. Roch II Voyage of Rediscovery
School has been in session in Canada's Arctic for the past couple of weeks and now Canada's southern schools are in session too. It is hoped that the "Learn On Board / Apprenez à bord" program will become an exciting part of your students' day during the weeks to come.
Star Journey
National Geographic Star Chart: Scan summer skies with our map of the heavens
The Rain Forest - Index
Hi! Welcome to our web site. The rainforest is full of life. It is also one of the most important environments in the world. About 75% of the world's animals and plants live there. This makes it even more important. If the rainforest was cut down, well, say goodbye to half our resources.
The Pipestone Petroglyphs
Pipestone National Monument, bordering the town of Pipestone in southwestern Minnesota, preserves and interprets the historic catlinite quarries which, for hundreds of years, served as the source of a soft red claystone that Native Americans carved into pipes and other objects. These famous quarries have often been described in travelers' accounts since 1832, when they were first known to have been visited by non-Native Americans (Prescott 1852; Parker 1966).
24 Hour Museum
The 24 Hour Museum is the UK gateway to museums, galleries and heritage attractions. It is quality controlled which means that only museums and galleries registered with the Museums & Galleries Commission, or non profit-making galleries, historic houses and heritage attractions are included on this site.
U.N Cyber School Bus
Compare data for all U.N. Member States, up to 28 statistics at a time! Find out anything from capital cities to rainfall to current number of women in parliament.
Voyage to Hawaii
Long before European explorers sailed to Hawaii the natives of Hawaii were already sailing the high seas. Not only did they have the knowledge of how to sail and navigate between the Hawaian islands, but between other islands in the Pacific Ocean as far away as New Zealand as well. And they could do this without the aid of compasses, maps, or the ability to write. These native islanders had a deep understanding of the way the ocean currents and the stars moved and they used this knowledge to find their way across a vast ocean. Come explore with us as we learn how they did it.
Walkin' Jim Stoltz
Jim Stoltz, known far and wide as Walkin' Jim, sings his songs with a definite sense of having been there. Indeed, he has. It all began innocently enough, walking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. That was in 1974. After a year and a half spent walking from the Atlantic to the Pacific, folks just naturally started referring to him as "Walkin' Jim."
Where Is That?
"The game where your mind is your map." Choose from seven maps and five levels of difficulty. Level one starts with multiple choice questions ("Is this France, Russia or Germany?") Level five means spelling the country or state AND its capital city. Want to play against a buddy? Hats off to Funbrain for including a two-player version, where each player can choose his own level of difficulty. And this marvelous game is Java-free, so it's compatible with older browsers and WebTV.
Where In The World?
Start your geography lesson by choosing a region of the world, and studying the interactive maps which name each country as your mouse passes over it. When you're ready for the games, each region has three to choose from: Find Game ("Where is Finland?"), Quiz Game ("This country is famous for its clocks.") or Word Game (a hangman-like word guessing game). My favorite click is Quiz Game; but remember you must choose a region before you'll see the game choices.

Whootie Owl's Stories
Whootie Owl stories, folktales from many cultures, show us " that people all over the world share many of the same concerns." The collection is searchable by age, country, type of story or theme. To see them all, simply leave all the selection criteria at "ALL." The best part of the site is the ability to submit your own illustrations or comments about the stories. For each tale, editor Elaine Lindy also includes a Footnote with the source of the story and a bit of commentary.

Why is My Loyalty Questioned?
"Why is My Loyalty Questioned?" has been asked by people different times during America's history. They're surprised that others might wonder if they are loyal to the country that they choose to live in and have always loved and supported. After the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, Japanese Americans were discriminated against as they were put into relocation camps simply because of the ethnic background. Later, they proved their loyalty by volunteering to defend America, the very country that mistreated them.
It is my pleasure to present Xpeditions to the teachers, students, and families, studying geography worldwide on the Web. National Geographic has a long history of bringing the world into our living rooms using images, text, and television specials. We are delighted to continue providing access to the world, and everything in it, over the Internet.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is America's first and foremost National Park. Established in 1872 by the United States Congress "for the preservation of" its many wonders and "for the enjoyment of the people," and now encompassing 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone is a treasure.
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
Welcome to the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. You are about to embark on a prehistoric journey, a voyage into the past when woolly mammoths and scimitar cats used to roam Beringia. These large mammals of an age long ago are recalled in the First Nations legends of monsters and the creation of the world from a flooded land.
Yukon Native Language Centre
The Yukon Native Language Centre is a training and research facility which provides a range of linguistic and educational services to Yukon First Nations and to the general public. It is located in the Commons wing of Yukon College, Ayamdigut Campus, Whitehorse, Canada. The Centre is administered by the Council of Yukon First Nations with funds provided by the Government of Yukon.
Yukon Quest Educational Activities
The 2001 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race will begin February 11 in Whitehorse, YT. The fastest racers will probably finish about 10 days later in Fairbanks, AK. Yukon Quest teacher resources and educational activities (for students of many ages) can be found.
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