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With a large bird above me, I am walking around the sky. I entrust myself to the wind.
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For now, use the MAIN (TOPIC) INDEX. This textfile has become so large it is quite slow to load, and it is missing about 50 reviews. If you want to find a book by a particular author, use NetScape's FIND feature (edit menu). Use last name. If you want to find a book by title, use find, and the first 3 words of the title. Because of the big crash-burn I now have to reconstruct the (local) database that manages reviews. For starters, I've got them all downloaded.
Big$ Baddie$ -- new feature tackling children's books which are best-sellers, classics, prizewinners -- and shouldn't be. Tells why they're bad, provides alternatives and informative websites for integrating selections into class study.. Currently shot-at: Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, Susan Jeffers.
On - Line Bookstore -- Credit card on-line orders of Native Astronomy and Star Lore books from amazon.com, 2.5 million on-line books. This is a new feature, I'll be adding more links. You're NOT ordering books from me, I've just pulled Indian books from Amazon.com's big on-line catalog. On-line ordering and book delivery takes place with them. Shelves available for STARS, PLANTS, and CALIFORNIA POMOS.
OYATE: Great source of Native-evaluated children's books, and other Native lit educational services
American Indians in Children's Literature blog by Debbie Reese, Nambe Pueblo and University of Illinois is an excellent source for discussion of individual books and recommended books and websites.
PURPOSES AND PHILOSOPHY of this book site
INDEX: ALL REVIEWS GROUPED BY SUBJECT ; Thumbs-up, thumbs-down evaluations here. -- USE THIS ONE
INDEX: ALL BOOKS BY AUTHOR -- no evaluation icons -- RADICALLY DEFECTIVE AND MISSING MANY MANY BOOKS
INDEX: ALL BOOKS BY TRIBE -- no evaluation icons THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE DUMPED, PERHAPS IN FAVOR OF AN IMAGEMAP, OR PERHAPS JUST DUMPED
Children's books -- pre-readers - primary grades, Ages 3 - 9
Middle-School -- reading levels grades Grades 5 - 7
Young adult -- Fiction, poetry, health, history, culture, biographies
ADULT Reading Level -- TOTALLY MESSED UP
STORIES -- (not reviews). Narratives, humor, contemporary and 19th-century Native experiences. Myths, legends. Ebooks (fulltext on-line) by famous 19th-century Native writers. Bios, backgrounds on Native writers-intellectuals.
Arts, Crafts, and Cookbooks -- Visual and survey art books, Craft books about how2, native foods cookbooks. ACCESS THESE FROM THE MAIN TOPICS TEMPORARY INDEX
REFERENCE -- Encyclopedias, almanacs, geographical, more technical or high reading level histories, language. In subject (and other) indexes ACCESS THESE FROM THE MAIN TOPICS TEMPORARY INDEX
SCIENCE AND MATH -- Text series (non-Native for K-12), supplementary classroom books and activity sources (mostly Native-centred). In subject-index. USE THE SUBJECT/TOPIC INDEX!!
AUDIO-VISUAL -- Videotapes sound tapes, computer CDROM's
UNBIASSING SOCIAL-STUDIES: Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Holiday materials
Cultural Curriculum Materials for Native youth, developed by tribes or commissioned by schools with substantial Native student populations. Primarily for libraries, curriculum developer reference and ideas.
On-line sources -- Web catalogs where you can order the books or other materials; Publishers' pages; other Native books discussions or reviews
Lists and Bibliographies -- generally no evaluations or reviews, just author, title, sometimes publisher.
Symbols -- icons used in review headers to indicate Native catalog purchase sources; and criteria for thumbs-up and -down iconic evaluations
This section will always be under construction in one sense for "of the making of books there is no end" and there are a lot of oldies but goodies to catch up on also. I'd apprciate it if you sent me some reviews of Indian books.
Look over reviews here, and see what info is necessary. Notice the contact info (for ordering books). Describe the book, if you think there are good or bad aspects, say why! Please write your review carefully, off-line, with the book in front of you, and standards of adult professionalism. It is essential you describ the contents; if you wish to do a long critical review or article, I can start a section for those. But I want all writings to be literate and edited by their authors as if for any publication hundreds, ultimately thousands, are going to read! This is especially important when Indian reviewers negatively criticize books by non-Indians.
I would especially like to get and describe here sets of cultural curriculum materials developed by tribes or Native groups or educators. These are often quite hard to find, not in libraries, and mainly available locally. If you have such materials that you would like to list for purchase by libraries, schools, and for reference and ideas for other Indian groups planning similar curricula, please contact me.
Elsewhere at this site: A collection of STORIES written originally by young Native writers-on-InterNet plus traditional Native stories. Cultural stories about traditional native foods (plus nutrition info, many recipes, and teacher aids for teaching nutrition); Native language resources on TRADITIONAL NATIVE FOODS, HEALTH, NUTRITION.
Webmistress --Paula Giese. Text and graphics copyright 1996
CREDITS: The eagle started life as a real golden eagle photographed as he was being released from the Minnesota Raptor Center, much worked over with graphics utilities for the iridescent abalone-shell wing effect.
Last Updated: 6/6/97