Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
1, 2009 - Volume 7 Number 11
by Paul and Vicki
Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop II
An Indigenous Response to the Challenge
November 1821, 2009
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
On the homelands of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Co-Chairs: Dr. Dan Wildcat (Haskell Indian Nations University)
& Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth)
More than ten years ago, Indigenous peoples came together at
the first Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop
with the urgent message that global warming would have the greatest
impact on the world's peoples and cultures most closely tied
to the land.
the Wild Things Are
Although Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book "Where
the Wild Things Are" consists of only ten sentences,
it has been a phenomenal international hit, selling over 19
million copies as of last year. Now that it's been adapted
into a hit movie by director Spike Jonze, media attention
is once again shining on Mr. Sendak, his artwork and this
wonderful children's story.
Where the Wild Things Are
The official Where the Wild Things Are book site
from publisher Harper Collins Childrens features a Maurice
Sendak biography, a list of awards won by the book (such as
the 1964 Caldecott), and a complete listing of his seventy-nine
Harper Collins books. Wow! But the best clicks are the printable
goodies: a six-page activity book, a coloring page and a cutout
of Maxs royal crown, all found in Extras.
to Draw Cartoons Online: Where the Wild Things Are
Want to try your own hand at drawing an imaginary monster?
Take another look through Sendaks book, and pay particular
attention to the shapes of the monsters, trying to identify
the underlying circles and ovals. Then follow these simple
illustrated steps, and soon youll have created your
own wild thing monster to color. Having completed one
of the creatures from Where the Wild Things Are,
see if you can tackle some of the others -- using a similar
Be Out There: Where the Wild Things Are
The National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with the Wild
Things movie to connect kids and families with nature
at home, at schools, and in their communities. To that
end, theyve created a PDF kids guide titled Find
the Wild Thing in You, a parents and teachers activity
guide to the movie, and a printable activity poster. All these
downloads are really big, so be patient. But your patience
will be rewarded with activity ideas such as a monster mobile,
Wild Things bingo, and a crown pattern to cut out and wear.
Rockets: Family Literacy Bag: Where the Wild Things Are
A Family Literacy Bag is a printable activity booklet, bookmark,
parent info sheet, and parent survey designed to be placed
in a Ziploc bag by a teacher and sent home with a book. But
for our purpose, youll find great value here whether
youre a parent, a teacher, librarian or scout leader.
The Where the Wild Things Are activity book includes
a kitchen project (Max must have been hungry! Would
your child be willing to give up a kingdom for a favorite
food?) and a collage project using images of day and
night. While sorting, talk with your child about how
they feel whne they wake up, during the day and when they
go to bed at night.
Terrible Yellow Eyes is a collection of artwork inspired by
Where the Wild Things Are put together by artist
Cory Godbey, who says this about it: Simply put, like
a visual love letter to the book, with Terrible Yellow Eyes
I am seeking to celebrate and promote the original masterwork
by Maurice Sendak in the best way I know how -- with pictures.
I loved it, and Im certain you will too.
My childhood pumpkin memories look nothing like these fancy
pumpkins. When did pumpkin carving get so elaborate? I can't
say, but these pumpkin patterns do look fun. Whether your
interest is just in browsing the photo galleries, or you're
out to learn how to create your own pumpkin masterpiece, these
sites are sure to please.
Pumpkin Carving Patterns
"While you can muddle through some of the simpler designs
with serrated knives, tablespoons and a small nail, you'll
be well served investing in some pumpkin carving tools if
you plan on attempting some of the more detailed designs."
I love the patterns here because they come with really simple
instructions for beginners. Designs include Sponge Bob, scary
cats, Thomas the Tank Engine, spiders, spider webs, skulls,
haunted houses, and a number of traditional jack-o'-lantern
"Pumpkin carving has been reborn. This time it is a little
bit deformed." These whacked-out pumpkins from the mind
of Tom Nardone are not for the toddler set. At Extreme Pumpkins
you'll find "shocking, funny, and gross" pumpkin
designs such as a puking pumpkin, a flaming head pumpkin,
and a worm infested pumpkin. In addition to the free pumpkin
patterns, the site has info on preserving pumpkins with Clorox
bleach, making fake blood, and carving a person's likeness
onto a pumpkin from a digital photograph.
Fun: Pumpkin Carving Ideas
For ten simple tips for carving success, start with Family Fun's
Jack-O'-Lanterns 101 (the link is near the bottom of the page,
listed under Carving Tips & Tricks.) The projects themselves
are divided between free carving patterns (such as Marshmallow
Man and Jeepers Creepers) and pumpkin craft projects that don't
involve intricate carving. These include ideas such as Painted
Pumpkins, Decoupage Pumpkins, and Mr. Pumpkin Head, who has
a face composed of cardboard features attached with adhesive
Pumpkin Carving 101 is the encyclopedia of pumpkin carving.
It offers a history of the jack-o'-lantern, advice on choosing
a pumpkin, tips on growing pumpkins, a guide to carving tools,
how to light your pumpkin, how to photograph your pumpkin and
more. Of particular interest to those just starting out with
stencil carving, are their lessons on how to make a pumpkin
stencil and how to use a pumpkin stencil.
"This site specializes in three toned pumpkin carving
patterns, which require an additional step of peeling the
outside and some of the flesh from the pumpkin. This adds
greater depth and eye popping realism to your carvings."
With 570 free pumpkin carving patterns and a forum for asking
and answering pumpkin carving questions, the Pumpkin Wizard
is a one-stop shop for pumpkin carving fanatics.
for animal pictures can be a fun mommy-and-me activity for
preschoolers, or part of a homework assignment for older students.
Today's collection includes photos from both professional
and amateur photographers, but sometimes its very hard to
tell them apart.
BetterPhoto.com is an online photography
community that offers photo hosting, contests and online photography
education. This page is the first of their gigantic animal
and wildlife photo gallery. These beautiful, and sometimes
funny, photos are a joy to browse. Some are photo-contest
winners, and others have been tagged as a favorites by community
members. You can see these honors in the icons displayed below
each thumbnail. There are no free memberships here, but there
is a free newsletter for photography buffs.
This page is from the Flickr group All
Animals which has more than 20,000 members and 415,000
photos. A Flickr group is free to join, and includes a discussion
board in addition the photo gallery. The group gallery can
be explored by tags (such as nature, kitty, or deer) or by
the Flickr group search function. To find photos you can use
in a school report or on a website, search for Creative
Commons but be sure to read each copyright carefully,
as they are not all the same.
With over 10,460 animal pictures, JungleWalk
is pretty big. Use the Quick Search function to find a specific
species. Or, on the left-hand vertical menu, animals are categorized
(dogs, horses, cats, birds, and so on) and available on an
alphabetic menu A to Z. Unfortunately, what you see is what
you get: these images can not be enlarged. The site exists
to sell photo magnets, mousepads, and other gifts for animal
lovers, but the large searchable gallery can be enjoyed for
its own sake or to send animal e-cards to friends and family.
Take a look at wildlife at its
best and download free desktop wallpapers. The animal
features at National Geographic always have amazing photos,
but theres more than just pictures here. There are also
articles, quizzes, printable animal fact sheets, video, audio,
and animal news. Fastest way to the animal fact sheets is
the scrollable Animals A-Z widget in the right-hand column.
Look below the Animal Features headline to find a link to
the Animal Photo Galleries, where youll find hundreds
of (beautiful) species-specific pictures.
Zoo: Animal Photo Gallery
Take a virtual visit to the National
Zoo by exploring the photo galleries. You can also learn about
many of the species from all over the world found here at
the Zoo. These galleries are arranged by zoo exhibit:
African Savanna, Asian Animals, Amazonia, and so on. The photo
pages include links to species fact sheets and multimedia
extras such as audio files (listen to animal sounds) or web
cams where you can watch the zoo enclosure during EST daylight
hours. For direct links to the animal wallpaper for your computer
desktop, look under Related Links in the left-hand column.
Abracadabra! Looking to impress your friends with a few magic
tricks? Using video and illustrated step-by-step instructions,
this week's selections have magic tricks for all levels of
experience. Some are geared strictly for kids, using only
common household items such as paperclips and rubber bands,
while others use magic supplies such as wands and silk handkerchiefs.
For even more magic tricks, here's a free
reprint of "The Book of Magic" by A. Frederick
TV: Magic Tricks for Kids
With online video, online instructions, a companion printable
instruction sheet in PDF, and On Demand viewing for some cable
TV subscribers, Activity TV has kids' magic covered! Magician
Ryan Oaks is your host for these instructional videos, which
are rated by difficulty level, and organized by categories
such as rope tricks and card tricks. Each trick page gives
you to the opportunity to rate the trick and to submit a comment.
With more than a hundred tricks, Activity TV is my magic trick
site of the week.
Just ten tricks are revealed at Richard Robinson's AllMagic
site. Here's where to find them. Under Movies, you'll find
video instruction for Ball Production, the Mod French Drop,
Shuffled Out Aces and the Swivel Cut. You'll also find illustrated
instructions by clicking on the menu items Cards, Coins, Closeup,
Mental and Stage. These tricks are not specifically for kids,
so they are a bit harder than those at Activity TV, and some
require special equipment, such as sponge balls, or an ESP
Although the writing style and illustrations suggest that
Classic Magic is a reprint from many years ago, the magic
tricks themselves are timeless. You'll find illustrated instructions
for card tricks, coin tricks, sleight of hand, close up magic
(to be performed at a table) and even tricks with rabbits
and birds. "The gentleness and docility of the rabbit
makes it, like the dove, a favorite with the conjuror, who
does not hesitate to produce it from a hat, and to cause it
to disappear from, and re-appear in, most unexpected places."
Although the writing style and illustrations suggest that
Classic Magic is a reprint from many years ago, the magic
tricks themselves are timeless. Youll find illustrated
instructions for card tricks, coin tricks, sleight of hand,
close up magic (to be performed at a table) and even tricks
with rabbits and birds. The gentleness and docility
of the rabbit makes it, like the dove, a favorite with the
conjuror, who does not hesitate to produce it from a hat,
and to cause it to disappear from, and re-appear in, most
Free Magic Tricks
LearnMagicTricks.org is a video aggregator specializing in
magic videos. Some of the videos are simply magic performances,
and others include tutorials. The videos on the front page
are the newest ones, and the collection appears to be growing
daily. There are categories (Card Tricks, Coin Tricks, Street
Magic, Illusions, etc.) listed down the right-hand side. But
if you are looking for something specific, I suggest using
the search function, as the site is quite big.
The Pilgrims were a English Separatist congregation that emigrated
to Holland in 1608 to escape religious persecution. Twelve
years later, discouraged by economic conditions, the congregation
voted to move again, this time to America. A small ship, the
Speedwell, carried them to Southampton, England, where they
joined another group of Separatists and finally departed from
Plymouth, England aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
Families: The Pilgrims
Built as a genealogy resource to help site visitors trace
their roots back to the Mayflower, Mayflower Families also
serves students researching Pilgrims for homework or a school
project. In addition to the brief history offered at this
page, youll find a modern translation of the Mayflower
Compact and the Colonial Gazetteer, which offers a unique
view of Pilgrim life as it reports colonial events as if they
had just happened.
Hall Museum: Pilgrim Story
The Pilgrim Hall Museum site has oodles of great educational
material. This page is the start of the illustrated kids section
which answers questions about the Pilgrims and the natives.
The Pilgrim Story the hazardous voyage, the 1620
landing, the fearful first winter, the First Thanksgiving at
Plymouth is the treasured heritage of all Americans.
This dramatic saga of courage and perseverance has inspired
the American people throughout the nations history.
Plantation: Who Were the Pilgrims?
The Englishmen who sailed on the Mayflower were a very
unusual mixture of people from many different backgrounds. Some
came from big cities like London, others came from small towns
and villages in the country. Listed under Kids in the
horizontal menu, youll find pilgrim coloring pages, recipes
for native dishes such as succotash, homework help, and stories
told from a kids perspective. Homework help includes articles
about the Wampanoag natives, the Mayflower, and the first Thanksgiving.
Research Starters: Plymouth Colony
Need ideas for a Plymouth Colony research project? This Scholastic
site is a great resource, with a glossary, a list of articles
from Grolier Online, and topics to explore that relate
to the Plymouth Colony. Looking at the articles, images, and
other materials in this Research Starter may give you more ideas.
For further research, there is a resource list of additional
on the Net: Pilgrims and Americas First Thanksgiving
On Sept. 6, 1620 the Pilgrims set sail for the New World
on a ship called the Mayflower. They sailed from Plymouth,
England and aboard were 44 Pilgrims, who called themselves
the Saints, and 66 others, whom the Pilgrims called
the Strangers. The long trip was cold and damp
and took 65 days. In addition to this article about
the history of Thanksgiving, this holiday site includes recipes,
crafts, coloring pictures, and ideas for Thanksgiving decorations.
Students And Teachers Against Racism
announces their new website that offers insight into the Native
American perspective to teachers and educators.
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.