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Ethnohistory reflects the wide range of current scholarship inspired by anthropological and historical approaches to the human condition around the world, but with a particular emphasis on the Americas. Of particular interest are those analyses and interpretations that seek to make evident the experiences, organizations, and identities of indigenous, diasporic, and minority peoples that otherwise elude the histories and anthropologies of nations, states, and colonial empires.
Dustin Mater - Chickasaw Visual Artist
“By exploring the modern world through the lens of a native artist, my work connects the past to the future.
I use a variety of materials to tell my stories, never shying away from trying new mediums but in each work there is ornate consistent Muskogean aesthetic.

Brent Greenwood Ponca/Chickasaw
I am a proud member of the Chickasaw and Ponca Nations of Oklahoma. I was born November 27, 1971 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. I've been creating art ever since I could remember. I am primarily an acrylics and mixed media artist. I try to create depth and emotion in my work by the various layers of paint, washes, drips and splatters that I apply to the canvas.

Spirit Aligned Leadership Program
The Spirit Aligned Leadership Program exists to elevate the lives, voices and dreams of Indigenous elder women who are working to heal, strengthen and restore the balance of Indigenous communities.
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Gingerbread Houses
Gingerbread is a baked treat that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is thought to have first appeared in the U.S. in the nineteenth century, when the Swiss monks of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana baked gingerbread on holidays, and gave it to the sick. Over the years, baking gingerbread cookies and building gingerbread houses developed into a popular American Christmas tradition.
AllRecipes: How to Make a Christmas Gingerbread House
Excellent step-by-step instructions, along with a house template, dough and icing recipes, and decorating tips. "House doesn't look picture-perfect? Don't worry; you'll be able to fill gaps and cover errors later with more icing and decorations. A fool-proof assembly method, if you're not going to eat the gingerbread, is to use a glue gun. And remember, perfection is overrated."
King Arthur Flour: Building a Gingerbread House
This fourteen-page PDF from King Arthur Flour offers the most detailed gingerbread house building instructions I found online. It includes a printable pattern, oodles of photos, and tips you won't find anywhere else. For example, to create multi-colored stained glass panels, try melting hard candies in the oven. Or to create the look of window panes, paint diagonal muntins on gelatin sheets. And to help your gingerbread people keep their balance, attach mini-marshmallow kick-stands to their backs.
New York Times: Cooking: How to Make a Gingerbread House
This guide includes several videos, a recipe, and tips on assembling and decorating your house. "Many a gingerbread-house builder has watched in frustration as one side falls down while another is being put up. But with the aid of some savvily placed props and some sturdy royal icing, you can quickly move on to the last – and best – part: adding the finishing touches."
Pinterest: Gingerbread Houses
Searching for gingerbread inspiration? Look no further than this Pinterest search. You can refine the search by adding keywords to the search function box in the upper left-hand corner, or jumping directly to some of the featured boards and pinners (which you'll also find in the upper left-hand corner.) If you are new to Pinterest, just remember that you need to click twice on an image to actually visit the associated web page.

Wilton: Gingerbread House Fun
Wow! Wilton (the baking supply company) brings us the mother lode of gingerbread ideas. Visit for 158 gingerbread decorating ideas and nineteen how-to articles. "Icicles capture the magical moment of snow falling and gracefully trailing down a winter cottage. Add this magical look effect to roof edges, windowsills and trees."

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Christmas Crafts
“Tis the season to be jolly.” And Christmas crafts certainly add to the season’s jolliness, don’t you think? This week’s website picks showcase Christmas craft projects for kids of all ages.

All Free Crafts: Christmas
With more than 150 original Christmas crafts, All Free Crafts is quite a find. Organized into six categories (such as Santa Crafts, Light Bulb Crafts and Easy Tree Trims) many of the projects focus on using recycled household items, and all have photos of the finished project. Other featured holidays include Valentines Day, Mother's Day, and Halloween.

All Kids Network: Kids Christmas Crafts
"All of these Christmas themed crafts were made in our own home so we know that they are fun and child-friendly. So light a fire in the fireplace, make some hot cocoa, put on your favorite holiday movie and gather the family around the table to make some of our great kids Christmas crafts!" This Christmas page has a couple dozen projects, with links to printable worksheets, coloring pages, and mazes in the right-hand column.

Busy Bee Kids Crafts: Christmas Crafts for Kids
"This Christmas why not create a Posable Reindeer, make your own homemade Christmas Ornaments with our Salt Dough Recipe, or design your own Winter Window card for a special homemade teacher gift?" Visit Busy Bee Kids Crafts for three dozen illustrated craft projects (for ages two and up) and last, but not least, a whole slew of Christmas printables including coloring pages, word search puzzles and dot-to-dots.

Enchanted Learning: Christmas K-3 Theme Page
"These crafts projects use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See the page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow." Enchanted Learning hits the mark with oodles of Christmas crafts and printable activity pages (which are my personal favorites.) Those looking for Hanukkah projects, will find them here.

Pinterest: Sassy Sites: Christmas Crafts for Kids
This beautiful Pinterest board was created by user Sassy Sites. If you are new to Pinterest, you do not need an account to view any of the boards, but just browsing this collection may be enough to get you hooked. To visit the actual craft sites, click on any of the pins (the photos) to open the image in a new window, then click one more time to visit the originating site. In addition to this board, you can search for more "Christmas crafts for kids" using the search function in the upper left-hand corner.

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Attack on Pearl Harbor
The Pearl Harbor Naval Station on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is Navy headquarters for the United States Pacific Fleet. Yet even after seventy-six years, its name is synonymous with the surprise Japanese attack of “December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy.” The United States suffered 3,700 casualties, along with damage to twenty-one ships and 300 planes.
Eyewitness to History: Attack at Pearl Harbor
"The surprise was complete. The attacking planes came in two waves; the first hit its target at 7:53 AM, the second at 8:55. By 9:55 it was all over. By 1:00 PM the carriers that launched the planes from 274 miles off the coast of Oahu were heading back to Japan." This single page description of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor includes quotes from eyewitnesses and some amazing photographs. Links to related pages (The Japanese View and The White House Reacts) are near the bottom of the right-hand column.
History: Pearl Harbor
"Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and over 300 airplanes." The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. Visit History for an introductory article, and a collection of short videos about the Pearl Harbor attack.
National Geographic: Remembering Pearl Harbor
The National Geographic Pearl Harbor site is overflowing with excellent features. The following are just two of my favorite clicks. Beyond the Movie takes a look behind the scenes of the 2001 "Pearl Harbor" movie from Touchstone, and at characters such as Dorie Miller, the real-life cook played by Cuba Gooding. The Attack Map is a multimedia map and time line created with photos, narratives, and footage that "bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life – moment by moment, target by target."
TIME: Pearl Harbor Through the Eyes of a LIFE Photographer
These photos, captured after the Pearl Harbor attack by photojournalist Bob Laundry, show the devastation in stark black and white. At the time of the surprise attack, Laundry and a reporter were "approximately 100 miles off the coast of Pearl Harbor, working on a story about naval exercises in the Pacific. Landry's photos, shot after the attacks, were some of the first images to come out of Pearl Harbor for TIME and LIFE magazines.",29307,2101677_2326573,00.html
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