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14th-Nov-2010 12:40 am(no subject)
Today I discovered Harry and the Potters (thanks to the library). While the singing is absolutely horrible, the lyrics are HILARIOUS!
25th-Jun-2010 02:17 am(no subject)
Michael
A year ago today the man who saved my life died without ever knowing it. This is my small tribute to him.


Thank you for this song Michael... It helped me to gain the life I have today. A life that I love. I will never forget that this song was with me at the lowest points of my life. I love you more.



Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight. Here one day. Gone one night
25th-Jun-2010 12:47 am - Dreamstreet Kids
Michael

In memory of Michael I made my first donation to one of his charities today. RIP Michael. <3

http://www.dreamstreetfoundation.org/

18th-Apr-2010 10:56 pm - :(
wings
 "I am children's librarian. I've been a children's librarian for a very long time now. So one night I'm working the night shift and these people come in--upper middle class couple with cute little girl, around four, maybe a little younger--and they're looking for books on Indians. So I take them down to the section, show them this and that, tell them why one thing is good and another is not so good, and they finally ask me how come I knew so much about it. And I'm like, well, see, I'm this Indian. And they get all excited: "Oh, Susie, come here and meet this lady--she's a real American Indian!"

Of course, I don't remember what the little girl's name was after all this time but I'll never forget what happened next. Susie comes, dragging down the floor, looking more and more unhappy, and when she gets down to the desk, she looks at me and bursts into tears. I had been sitting there, fat, dumb and happy, doing my job, and here's this little thing scared to death of me. The parents look at her--'What's the matter?'--and of course, she couldn't say. Then they turn to me and say, 'Well, I guess we'll have to work on this' and I can't think of a single blessed thing to say.

Now you've gotta wonder where she got this. I don't think it was from the parents, they seemed like nice folks. So then you have to look around and see what pictures of us the world carries for little white kids. And think all the crazy stuff that white people do and say about Indians doesn't matter? Oh yes, it matters, and I will never forget. --Doris Seale"


"Anpao's in the third grade. I pick him up from school one day and in the usual 'how's-your-day' conversation he tells me he's having a problem with one of his assignments. His teacher is making him write a diary like his family was on the Oregon Trail. He says, 'I know we couldn't have been, plus we weren't allowed there anyway. The Oregon Constitution says only white people were allowed.' Anpao's awareness and willingness to speak up makes me very proud.

When I go to speak with his teacher, she says she doesn't see the problem. She says it had never been a problem in all the many years she had been using the curriculum. I point out that she had several (brown) children in the class who would not have been allowed on the Oregon Trail.

Her response is 'not to worry,' that she does a unit in February on the Nez Perce 'where the white people are the bad people.' I tell her she's missing the point, that all children have a right to be taught honestly, that it is their world after all and they deserve to understand it. We go round and round for awhile, she maintain her oblique defensiveness, I struggling to maintain calmness.

In the end, Anpao writes the diary; his teacher does not support him and he doesn't want to feel, ironically, excluded. I choose to allow him his security; he knows his history. He learns a lot from the experience, particularly about 'mainstream' culture and how it dysfunctions. --Jane White."


"My son came home one day and told me that they were studying California Indians and they were gonna be building models of missions. I asked him if he really had to do this and he said yes. So I said I would talk to the teacher because I didn't want the children to build the replicas because many, many Indian people had died building these missions.
I went to school the next morning and privately asked Nick's teacher to let him pass on the actual building of the mission, that I thought it was immoral, considering how many Native people died building the original ones. I thought Nick's teacher would honor what I was saying, that it would sink in how insensitive an activity like that would be. But she just told me that Nick had to build a mission or fail that part of the fourth grade.

So Nick built his mission and brought it home. And we built a fire and we talked about it again, how Indian people were enslaved and died building missions and living in missions. The we put it in the fire and burned it and I promised Nick that I would always stick up for him and challenge anyone who would keep opening up these scars. --Robin Carneen"



"My name is Raven. When I was in third grade, our class read The Courage of Sarah Noble. In this book they said Indian people were savages and murders, they chop you head off and eat you alive and that we were not really people. When the class put on the play for the whole school, the kids started taunting me, calling me 'stinky' and asking me how many people I've eaten. Nobody would play with me or even sit next to me in class. I felt so ashamed. Finally, I told my mom I didn't want to go back to school. --Raven Hoaglen"

I really wish that they had the dates of when these took place, but it's still rather disturbing... They aren't THAT old of interviews. The book was published in 2005.
17th-Apr-2010 12:03 am(no subject)
 Disturbing fact of the day:

The phrase "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" appears three times in Little House on the Prairie.
15th-Apr-2010 04:55 am - More Native Ranting
spike
My paper is making me so utterly disgusted that I think I have to call it a night.... I'm seriously sick of reading about Native stereotypes and how clueless people (and even I am) are of a lot of the stuff. Found out tonight while writing about Indian in the Cupboard that photographers would have Native Americans they were photographing wear war bonnets or hold peace pipes (even if they weren't a part of their culture) to make them look more "Indian." Wtf? Thank you very much assholes for making everyone think that we're all like the Plains Indians. No. That's as ridiculous as saying that the Germans look like the Chinese....

A Seneca headdress looks like this:



NOT this (which is Cherokee btw):



See German vs Chinese. asdkfjhakgshkgjkhagd
12th-Apr-2010 01:47 am(no subject)
One bad poem doesn't make the whole programming book bad... One bad poem doesn't make the whole programming book bad... One bad poem doesn't make the whole programming book bad... 

I'm reviewing a programming book for my reading log project for my children's class and I was really impressed by the way that it was covering Native Americans. It had really good books that are all recommended within the Native community, it steered away from pilgrim and Indian crafts for the Thanksgiving theme, and then it had to go and have a poem about "Indians creeping" and not making a sound when they walk."Blargh. Yes, let's teach continue teaching our children stereotypes. The book says that poems about different cultures are included to promote multiculturalism, but a poem about Natives that simply presents a stereotype isn't exactly doing that... Here's there poem so you can know what I'm taking about:

"The Indians are creeping (two fingers tiptoe up the forearm)
Shhhhhhh! (raise index finger to lips)
The Indians are creeping (repeat above)
Shhhhhhh!
They do not make a sound (fingers tiptoe up arm)
As their feet touch the ground.
The Indians are creeping (repeat above)
Shhhhhhh!"

My feet make plenty of sound when they're hitting the ground thank you very much. The program theme is hide and seek. I don't understand why you could just say we're creeping and tell the kids to walk as quiet as possible when the poem is being read. Instead the poem passes on the idea that Indians are light footed and have some innate ability to walk silently. I would definitely suggest that any librarian or person working with children have the poem read:

"We are sneaking
Shhhhh!
We are sneaking
Shhhhh!
We try not to make a sound
As our feet touch the ground.
We are sneaking
Shhhhh!"

For one thing it simply makes more sense in the theme of the program. If you're playing hide and seek you need to be very quiet and sometimes sneak away from the seeker...
25th-Feb-2010 12:40 am(no subject)

I’m finally going down the hill without falling more often than not! wOOt!

Last week I had a self-esteem set back though… :( Adam went snowboarding with Ryan who got on the big hill and was going down the hill without falling within hours… Considering it’s taken me forever to get to this point it really sucked. I felt like Adam had more fun going with him as well. He was able to keep up… Adam took video of him snowboarding the first time when he never did of me. It was just lots of negative things going on in my head the last time we went and it showed in my snowboarding until I was able to get over it.

I feel like most people would say they’ve learned to snowboard at this point, but I’m gong to wait until I try my… board at a few more hills. I’m still on one of the easiest ones.

See more progress on: learn to snowboard
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