"I want to mourn the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, and I want to question why the deaths of Renisha McBride and Islan Nettles and Kathryn Johnston haven’t gotten similar traction. Why the beating of Marlene Pinnock isn’t on all of our lips. Why the nation is not familiar with the names of Stephanie Maldonado, or of Ersula Ore. And how many women’s names do we not know because they don’t dare come forward? Because the violence they experience at the hands of the police is sexual, and the shame and stigma around sexual violence silences them?"
I am an elementary librarian in a heavily white, affluent community in Massachusetts. Last year (my first), I discovered that 3rd graders do a hugely problematic project on Native Americans. I want them to realize that Native people still exist, that these cultures they study are not dead or confined to history, but are active, vibrant, living communities. Do you have any age-appropriate resources to recommend? TIA.
Hi, sorry for my late answer. I work in a library, where we have a number of children’s books that center on Native children. Please keep in mind most of these books come from Canadian authors, primarily from the north. (I live in Saskatchewan. If there are any people who can suggest children’s books for Native children in the U.S.A, that’d be great.)
Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Jenneli’s Dance by Elizabeth Denny
Where Did You Get Your Moccasins? by Bernelda Wheeler
Kamik: an Inuit Puppy Story by Donald Uluadluak
The Blue Roses by Linda Boyden
Just a Walk by Jordan Wheeler
First Salmon by Roxane Beauclair Salonen
When I was Eight (Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton) *this book centers around a girl in a residential school, and I believe the authors also wrote the book ‘Fatty Legs’, also dealing with the residential schools.
I also know that there have been children’s books written by the authors Richard Van Camp, Tomson Highway, Deborah L. Delaronde and Jan Bourdeau Waboose. (I’ve seen their books around the children’s section, but I believe someone has taken those out. These authors have also written other great literary works that I’d recommend anyone to check out.)
All of these books are written by Aboriginal authors. (Cree, Ojibwe, Métis, Inuit, etc.) Feel free to add on to this list! - mod M
NOT EVEN SATAN could have thought this up. Israelis cheering on massacres likes its a sport.
Contrary to what the media tell you this is how safe they are from ‘khamas rockets’ and this is how little regard they have for human life.
They wll not stop until they wipe Palestine off the map. The ethic cleansing of Palestine continues. Israel is targeting babies, children, women and men - no one is excluded - while the world sits by and watches.
Not so much as a squeak from Obama. Or anyone. They only care about Israeli lives.
There is no lower than this.