A Newsletter for Kids from a Native American View

Black Butterfly Moon
"Dulisdi" Cherokee

September 18, 1999 Issue 21, Volume 2

Oklahoma Indian High Schooler Wins National Award
(rewritten by Garnet1654 from an article in

Oklahoma Indian Times)

Stillwater High School art student, Yatika Fields, 18, (Cherokee, Creek, Osage) recently received an "American Visions Award" for his painting during Scholastic's Art & Writing Awards National Ceremonies in Washington DC. Yatika's painting is also part of the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition, held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wash. D.C., . This exhibition features more than 200 works of art from the top art award categories.

The "American Visions and Voices Awards" represent the most outstanding works of art and writing from each sponsored region. This year, 739 individual art works and 320 writing works were selected for national honors in 25 categories. Seventeen of the winners were from Oklahoma, including Yatika.

B.J. Adler, Executive Director, Alliance for Young Artist & Writers said, "These award recipients will interpret and design our future through their work. They will show us new ways to see. They represent the power of creativity. They demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning. These creative works symbolize the spirit and energy of our nation's youth."

Each year, the Scholastic Art & Writing awards review over 250,000 works of art and writing from approximately 50,000 students in grades 7-12. From all the works submitted, 1,100 students were selected by renowned artists, authors, educators, and arts professionals to receive national awards.

Award winners may receive cash awards, scholarships, certificates, and exhibition, reading, or publishing opportunities. This year's national winners, along with their families, teachers ,and friends, came to Washington for the awards ceremony, to view the exhibition, and attend the readings.

Fields recently spent six hours per day in intensive study at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. There, he studied under the guidance of a nationally-recognized professional artist. The University of Oklahoma hosted this famed,two-week, residential program, now in its 22nd year. Permanent facilities at Quartz Mountain State Park are under construction.

Yatika is the son of Tom and Anita Fields of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the grandson of Richard and Carm Luttrell, of Hominy, Sam Fields of Tahlequah, and Maxine Mitchell of Oklahoma City.

For more information about the awards visit;

A great site with lots of information for kids

Scholastic Awards

Scholastic Inc.



Kiowa Art and Drawings Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution currently features an online exhibition of Kiowa art and drawings. This visual treasure of culture and history provides readers a brief written background with links to thumbnail sketches (which may be enlarged) and further details relating to each picture.
The Kiowa Art Exhibition focus on five themes, each with it's own background, thumbnails and descriptions.

Ledger drawings from the Ft. Marion artists, a group of Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors inside Ft Marion (St Augustine, Fla.) in the 1870s.;
Anthropological illustrations of the Kiowa Reservation between 1892-1907;
Silverhorn Pictorial Calendar record the seasons from 1828-1904 in Kiowa pictorial format;
Silverhorn Target Record book records how Silverhorn and other Natives viewed army lifestyle at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, in the 1890s.
Twentieth Century Art focuses on more modern artwork, beginning with the "Kiowa Five" (a group of 5 Kiowa artists from the 1920's)

Kiowa Drawings in the National Anthropological Archives



Notah Begay III
(by Ondamitag)

On August 29, 1999 a man named Notah Begay III won the Reno-Tahoe Open. This is his rookie year on the PGA Tour. He is also one of only 3 people ever to shoot a round of 59 in PGA competition. For a 26-year-old, that is not half bad!

Notah Begay III is from the Isleta Pueblo near Albuquerque, N.M. He was born in Albuquerque on September 14, 1972, and calls it his home today. His heritage is both Pueblo and Navajo. He attended Stanford and was on the same golf team as Tiger Woods. He turned professional in 1995 and joined the PGA Tour this year.

"1998, Begay played well on all kinds of courses on the Nike Tour. He is not known for his putting, so he may play his best on courses with slow and less undulated greens."

Notah Begay played 22 events on the 1998 Nike Tour. He had four second-place finishes: the Nike Lehigh Valley Open; Nike St. Louis Golf Classic; Nike Boise Open; and Nike Oregon Classic. He finished in the top 10 six times, with winnings of $136,289 - good enough to earn him a 1999 PGA Tour card.

Begay is the only full-blooded Native American to play in the PGA, Senior, or Nike Tours. Begay has putted right-handed and left-handed, depending on which way the putt goes. He was a member of the 1995 Walker Cup Team. 1996 he missed the cut in his first PGA Tour event, the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open.

Notah Begay III, 1999 Earnings
1/17/99 Sony Open in Hawaii $5,616.00
2/7/99 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am $6,220.31
2/28/99 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open $6,242.50
3/14/99 Honda Classic $5,616.00
4/4/99 Bell South Classic $6,108.34
4/25/99 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic $5,980.00
5/2/99 Shell Houston Open $9,750.00
5/16/99 GTE Byron Nelson Classic $11,100
6/13/99 FedEx St. Jude Classic $11,520.83
6/27/99 Buick Classic $5,625.00
7/25/99 John Deere Classic $18,266.66
8/01/99 Canon Greater Hartford Open $45,000.00
8/08/99 Buick Open $6,501.33
8/22/99 Sprint International $6,156.80
8/29/99 Reno-Tahoe Open $495,000.00

Years Total to date for the year: $628,263.77

I will let Mr. Begay end this with words that speaks volumes about him as a man:

"Native Americans," he says, "represent less than 2 percent of the population, but more than 80 percent of the diversity. There are more than 500 nations. I think the thing I'm most proud of is that I'm out there, flying the flag for all Native Americans, for the Sioux, the Chippewas, the Seminoles, for everyone. My goal is to represent myself in the most positive fashion possible. I even buy the old-fashioned Aristotelian notion of arete: the pursuit of excellence."

"It's just a dream come true. Every single kid growing up playing golf wants to win a PGA tournament. I never knew how difficult that was until I got a chance to come out here and compete against these guys. Golf is not your typical minority sport," Begay said. "My main goal my whole life is to be known as a good golfer. I want to be respected as a player who can pull out the shots when he has to and secondly as a Native American and hopefully as a role model."

Related Web Sites


Learn more about Notah Begay III

Notah Begay III



Notah Begay III wins the New Mexico Open with an 18th hole birdie putt.

Navajo Times



Twin Cities (Minnesota) article of Begay's win at the Reno/Tahoe Open.

Begay wins first PGA title



Our Featured School
Laguna Middle School
by the 7th and 8th Grade Journalism Students of Mr. Phil Sittnick

Laguna Middle School is special because it's a good school. It's a good school because we learn a lot and the school has really good programs for the students. It's a pretty cool place to be. It's the best school on the rez, and I think it's the best school in the state. Our mascot is the eagle, and our motto is "Where Eagles Soar with Pride, Respect, and Responsibility." We have the best food and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we have a breakfast buffet, which gives a choice between different types of food. The cooks are nice. They talk to us and the food they serve us is delicious. To me LMS is special because it has clean floors. The bathrooms are clean and sanitary.

LMS is a pretty cool school because we have modern technology. We have a computer lab and we have computers in every classroom, and we have TVs in every classroom, too. We have the Internet on all our computers, and we have our own website. We have laptop computers that you can take home if you get a license. LMS has about 180 students in grades 6-8. All of our students are American Indian. Most of the students that go to LMS are from the Laguna tribe, but there are a few from our neighboring tribes, the Acoma Pueblo, and the Canoncito Navajo reservation.

Some of the subjects taught here are math, science, language arts, and history. One of our electives is Journalism. In that class we make our own school paper and we write the articles that go in it. Some of our other electives are music, home living, art, P.E., office aide, and library aide.

Some of our extra-curricular activities are MESA, yearbook, band, drama club, basketball, cross-country, and volleyball. We have about 20 teachers. The teachers care about us. They want us to learn. They stay after school for after school activities. The teachers are all nice and hard working.

LMS is special to me because all of my friends go here. Another thing that makes it special to me is that you can get smart here. We have grade checks every three weeks for students and their parents to see how they are doing in classes. We have rewards for students who make good grade checks. We have a good library with new and interesting books. We have basketball courts, volleyball, and a track outside. We have a program called "MESA Buddies" where we go to the elementary school and help our "buddies" in kindergarten. We also have after school Homework Help and after school care, which allows students to stay until 6:30pm if needed. We go on field trips, too.

Our school is located about 50 miles west of Albuquerque. LMS is owned and operated by our tribe. Our community is good and sort of quiet. Laguna is divided into seven villages, which are all around the reservation. Our reservation is big. We are one of 19 pueblo tribes here in New Mexico. On September 19, we have a Feast where there are carnival rides and all of us rez kids have the best time of our lives. We have a feast in every village, but Laguna village is the biggest one. It's the only one that has rides.

Laguna Feast is a time of celebration for our patron saint, St. Joseph. There are two feasts at Laguna, on March 19 and on September 19. The regular feast day is March 19, but the people decided that since there were no crops at that time to feed all the visitors, they moved the feast to September 19. In September there are more crops to feed all the people that come. The school participates in the Laguna Feast parade. Every year when the feast comes, LMS makes a float and we walk along with it and throw candy to the people watching. Then after the feast is over, we clean up the area where the feast was. The Feast is one of our local traditions that the school participates in. One reason we have the eagle for our mascot is because our tribe is known for its Eagle Dance. That is one of the traditional dances that are performed during the Feast. Some of our students take part in the dancing.

Special Note: The students were asked to do this special write-up about their school, to share with you.


GREAT JOB Laguna Middle!!!!!!!!!!!


Teachers, if you would like to do a similar project for your school, please contact Garnet1654@aol.com


To learn more about Laguna Middle visit their website

Laguna Middle School



For more information on the Laguna Pueblo

Laguna Pueblo



Making Native American Pinch Pots
By Garnet1654 adapted from
TeachersFirst - Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers

By following these directions, you can create a traditional style of earthenware used by Eastern Woodland Native Americans. The women used clay found in streams and rivers to fashion pottery for cooking and eating. Your pot, however, will be used only for decoration, so we suggest you use the self-drying clay available at most craft stores.

Caution: DO NOT use these pots to hold food or liquids. They are not safe for food use, and they are not water resistant. :-)

self-drying clay (no firing or baking needed)
a small container of water
butcher paper to cover tables
damp paper towels
assorted shells, sticks, stones, etc., for making designs in the pots


      1. Take a small handful of clay and shape into a round ball.

      2. While holding the ball in the palm of one hand, take the thumb of the other hand and make an indentation in the center of the ball. Keep turning the ball of clay and pressing down with the thumb to within 1/2 inch of the bottom.

      3. When the pot is the desired depth, rotate while pinching the sides with the thumb (inside) and fingers (outside).

      4. Work from the bottom up until you have achieved the desired shape. As the clay dries, it may begin to cracking. Keep dipping your fingers in the small container of water and wipe the surface of the pot frequently with damp paper towels.

      5. When the pot is finished, use small objects found in nature to etch designs in the pot. Remember to "autograph" your piece of art by carving your initials in the bottom, and remember to treat your artwork gently. It will break.

      6. Allow several days to completely dry.

Fill your pot with dried flowers or beautiful acorns, fall pods, and seeds.

Websites of the Week

Teotihuacán, City of the Gods
Learn all about the magnificent Native American City.

Ancient Middle America -- U. of Minnesota, Duluth



A wonderful site for educators




The Carnegie Museum has a wonderful online exhibit

American Indians and the Natural World



Going to college? Here's some advice from Native college students.

Indianz.com - Indian U



Authentic news articles, from 1890 Wounded Knee to 1935 "Pioneer Diary."

Archives -- Voices of the Wintercount



For good news all the time, tune to this station--errr--check out this link.

GoodNewsDaily.com-Kid Stories



For beginners or experts: Create, Study, Teach...if you love art, you will love this site!

Sanford and A Lifetime of Color's Art Education Resources and ArtEdventures