Canku Ota Logo
Canku Ota
Canku Ota Logo
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
pictograph divider
Favorite Web Sites
collected by Paul and Vicki
Diné be’ iiná, Inc. - The Navajo Lifeway
Diné be’ iiná, Inc. is a grassroots, nonprofit organization founded in 1991. Diné be’ iiná, means the way that we, the people live. We promote a sustainable livelihood through the Navajo Way of Life. Traditionally, this has been sheep, wool, and weaving and whatever comes from that.
Ohwejagehka: Ha`degaenage:
Ohwejagehka: Ha`degaenage: is a nonprofit organization based on Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario Canada that was established to help preserve and nurture the Iroquoian languages and songs.

Buffalo Field Campaign
The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone's wild buffalo. Volunteers from around the world defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Our daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, and document every move made against them.

pictograph divider
Independence Day
Happy Birthday, America! Today’s holiday assortment includes a look at our early American history, with a special focus on the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, along with a Fourth of July craft and activity page especially for the little ones.
Archiving Early America: America's Freedom Documents
In July of 1776, bells rang out over Philadelphia signaling the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress. Two hundred and twenty-five years later you can view the original document on your computer. Also available is the Constitution (original copy and complete text) and the Bill of Rights (complete text only). More fantastic clicks are the six mini-movies on topics that include The Real Face of George Washington and Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution. Look for the Video section in the left-hand column.
DLTK's Fourth of July
For our youngest readers, DLTK offers printable coloring pages and craft ideas. The selection of coloring pages is extensive, and includes some goodies that will work for other American holidays as well, such as flags and presidents Washington and Lincoln. One hidden treasure I am often asked for is the black-and-white (ready-to-be-colored) printable U.S. map. The crafts are also excellent and use easy-to-find materials such as toilet paper rolls and CD-ROMs. Surely you've been wondering what to do with all those CDs you don't need, but can't bring yourself to throw out?
Library of Congress: Declaration of Independence
In June of 1776, in anticipation of a vote for independence, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to compose a document declaring the colonies' independence from Britain. That committee then delegated the task to Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in Congressionally-imposed secrecy. This first draft can be viewed online at this Library of Congress exhibit. Also on display are fragments of a "Dunlap Broadside," one of twenty-four surviving copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, done by John Dunlap in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.
National Archives: Charters of Freedom
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights are the focus of this site from the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration (NARA). The exhibit is designed to be visited sequentially, following a path from the Making of the Charters, three chapters on the documents themselves, and concluding with the Impact of the Charters.

PBS: Liberty!: Philadelphia 1776
Hot off the press! "PHILADELPHIA July 4, 1776 - In language certain to inspire patriots, and gall the King and England, a Declaration of Independence was adopted today by the Continental Congress." Time travel back to the colonies on the brink of a war of independence from England and her king. Highlights include the Road to Revolution game, and a timeline of the Revolution.

pictograph divider
Fruits and Vegetables
In honor of National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month (June), today’s tour extols the health benefits of including more produce in our diets.
Food Champs
Created by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (the same non-profit that publishes Fruits & Veggies: More Matters) this educational game site is targeted at kids from two- to eight-years old. Choose a comic-book character to be your champion (a skateboarding banana or orange, for example) and jump into the games. Activities include coloring pages, games such as Fruit & Vegetable Math, printable worksheets, recipes, and a gallery of kid-submitted artwork.
Fruits & Veggies More Matters: Healthy Kids
"Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies." For high-school students and grownups, Fruits & Veggies More Matters explains why produce is so good for you, and how to get the most from them. From current research on why fresh fruits and vegetables have more health benefits than phytochemical supplements, to recipes and kitchen tips on storing produce. Best clicks include a coloring and activity pages, games that teach nutrition, and coping with kids and teens that decide to become vegetarians.
Great Grub Club: A-Z of Fruit and Veg
The Great Grub Club is an educational site for kids, teachers and parents published by the British World Cancer Research Fund. This A to Z encyclopedia of fruits and veggies (from apple to zucchini) includes both the American and British produce names. Did you know that in England, zucchinis are called courgettes, and eggplants are aubergines? "Most aubergines are teardrop-shaped and have a glossy purple skin. On the inside, they are spongy and creamy white."
Brought to you by Western Growers trade association, Producepedia reminds us that "California and Arizona farmers grow almost half the produce found in grocery stores across America." In addition to stories about the farmers, Producepedia lives up to its name in providing an encyclopedia of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Each entry includes a history ("Apricots originally came from China."), nutrition facts, season info, and ripeness and storage tips. "If you want to ripen immature apricots, keep them in a brown paper bag. Keep them at room temperature until they are slightly soft."

Sustainable Table: Seasonal Food Guide
Explore what's growing fresh in your area right now. Select your state, and the month (which is further divided into early or late) and scroll through the results. Each item is labeled as a fruit, vegetable, or herb. And most include links to recipes, and informational articles. Sustainable Table is a project of the Grace Communications Foundation, that advocates for sustainable alternatives to "our current industrial food system."

pictograph divider
A river is a natural flow of water (usually freshwater) towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. They are an important part of our ecosystem as a source of water, food, transportation, defense, energy, and recreation. Learn more at this week’s selection of sites.
American Rivers: Discover Your River
Learn about rivers with this collection of educational articles from American Rivers, a non-profit advocacy group. Topics include the water cycle, vernal pools, what makes a river, water conservation, migratory fish, and why rivers flood. "Rivers and creeks flood when pulses of rainfall and/or snowmelt move downstream. This causes water to overtop the channel's banks and spill onto the neighboring floodplain."
Fact Monster: Principal Rivers of the World
The Fact Monster almanac lists the fifty-five biggest rivers in the world, with links to additional articles about most of them. The Nile (the longest river in the world) tops the list with a length of 4,180 miles, and the Tigris is the shortest river on the list, with a length of 1,180 miles. A separate Rivers of the United States page annotates rivers 350 miles or longer, but is listed alphabetically, not by length.
Missouri Botanical Garden: Rivers and Streams
"From outer-space, the earth looks like it is covered with veins and arteries, similar to our bodies. The earth's arteries, however, are really a vast web of rivers and streams that channel water across the planet, from mountains to oceans." This excellent lesson for middle and high-school students covers watersheds, surface runoff, water pollution, how streams become rivers, river zones, river creatures (such as the Arrau River turtle) and hydroelectric power (dams).
University of Illinois Extension: The All-Star River Explorers
"Rivers are an essential part of our world. Since the beginning of time, people have traveled on them and built cities along them. Rivers have provided food as well as a source of commerce and entertainment for centuries." This multimedia exploration for third through fifth grade students, introduces river basics, describes their importance, and includes a section on river explorers such as Henry Hudson, and Lewis and Clark. There is a Teacher's Guide that outlines classroom activities, and a River Resource page with additional site recommendations.

USGS: Water Science for Schools: Rivers and Streams
This informative site for high-school students is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science for Schools project. It includes a water science glossary, hyperlinks to related pages, and a chart showing the comparative lengths of the world's major rivers. "A river is nothing more than surface water finding its way over land from a higher altitude to a lower altitude, all due to gravity. When rain falls on the land, it either seeps into the ground or becomes runoff, which flows downhill into rivers and lakes, on its journey towards the seas."

pictograph divider
Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr Jr. (February 6, 1756 – September 14, 1836) was the third Vice President of the United States (1801–05), serving during President Thomas Jefferson’s first term. Despite his successful career as a politician and lawyer, Burr is frequently remembered for killing his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel (1804), and for his (unrelated) arrest on charges of treason in 1807.

Biography: Aaron Burr
"Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey, on February 6, 1756, to a long line of English gentry who had been active in politics. Burr's father was a Presbyterian minister and the president of the College of New Jersey. After the loss of both of his parents, Burr and his sister went to live with their wealthy maternal uncle." Visit for quick facts and a one-page Aaron Burr biography.

Eyewitness to History: Duel at Dawn 1804
"The relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was charged with political rivalry and personal animosity. Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, was the chief author of The Federalist papers advocating a strong central government. Burr represented the old Republican Party." Learn about the famous duel from two first-hand accounts: one written jointly by Burr's and Hamilton's seconds (their assistants); the other by the attending physician.

PBS: The Duel
"Aaron Burr, grandson of the theologian Jonathan Edwards, served with distinction in the Revolutionary War and was nearly elected the nation's third president. In 1804 they [Burr and Hamilton] met in a duelan honor match that changed the course of American history." This is a companion site to the PBS movie of the same name. Visit for Special Features (articles on topics such History of Duelling in America), a timeline, synopses of related Peoples & Events, and a Teachers Guide that includes classroom discussion questions.

The Hermitage: Theodosia Prevost and Aaron Burr
Learn about Burr's marriage to the widow Theodosia Prevost in this essay from the Hermitage Museum of New Jersey. "After years of friendship and courtship, the wedding took place on such short notice that Burr had no time to get a new coat. Theodosia had to borrow gloves and other items, and they hardly had enough ready cash to pay the minister. They also did not have time to arrange for the banns of marriage to be read and asked Governor Livingston to issue a special license for their wedding."

History: This Day in History: Aaron Burr Arrested for Treason
This article summarizes both the Burr-Hamilton duel, and the treason charges brought against Burr in 1807. "In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate investigation by U.S. authorities. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason."

pictograph divider
Home PageFront PageArchivesOur AwardsAbout Us
Kid's PageColoring BookCool LinksGuest BookEmail Us
pictograph divider
Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000 - 2016 of Vicki Williams Barry and Paul Barry.
Canku Ota Logo   Canku Ota Logo
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the
Copyright © 1999 - 2016 of Paul C. Barry.
All Rights Reserved.

Site Meter
Thank You

Valid HTML 4.01!