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"a race between education and catastrophe"

Happy belated birthday to blktauna. I hope your day was a most excellent one!

In other news...

* The Liberty and Power group weblog, which is part of the History News Network of the Center for History and New Media, and to which I contribute, has now been wiki-fied. (The blog is syndicated for LJ as power_liberty.)

* The first recipients of the American Indian Youth Literature Award have been announced.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the first recipients of its American Indian Youth Literature Award. This new literary award was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award present Native Americans in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.

The award is presented in each of three categories-picture book, middle school, and young adult-and each winner receives $500 and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented during the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color’s (JCLC) Children’s Luncheon program in Dallas on October 13 at noon.

"We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor authors and illustrators who best portray Native American culture for young readers," said Victor Schill, co-chair, AILA American Indian Youth Literature Award committee. "The rich literary heritage of this nation includes the oral and printed stories of its indigenous peoples. American Indian literature always has been and continues to be an integral part of our literary tapestry."

Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story, by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, illustrated by Sam Sandoval, and published by the University of Nebraska Press is the winner for the picture book category. Accompanied by rich watercolor illustrations, the text relates a culturally vital tale from the Salish people of Montana about the significance of the gift of fire and how it should be respected.

Louise Erdrich is the winner of the middle-school award for The Birchbark House, published by Hyperion Books for Children. Setting her book in the middle 19th century, Erdrich paints a detailed portrait of Ojibwa life through the experiences of 7-year-old Omakayas who lives on the Island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker on Lake Superior. The Birchbark House was Erdrich’s first novel for young readers, and the first book she has illustrated. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa and lives with her two daughters in Minnesota.

The young adult award is Hidden Roots, written by Joseph Bruchac and published by Scholastic Press. The book is set within the historical framework of the Vermont Eugenics Program, a Native American sterilization program in the 1930s, and tells the story of the haunting effects of this shameful and tragic deed on one of the Abenaki families victimized by it. Author of more than 70 books for adults and children, Bruchac is of Abenaki ancestry and is a nationally recognized professional storyteller living in Greenfield Center, New York.

In the near future an American Indian Youth Literature Award free downloadable bookmark and brochure will be made available on the AILA website.

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
-H.G. Wells, The Outline of History


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Sep. 12th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Wow! You have been wiki-fied! That is incredibly cool.

The awards sound excellent as well. I will pass this along to my friend who teaches middle school language arts. She is always looking for quality work that illustrates the real deal, as it were.

Thank you for the heads up earlier! I did go back and grab Part II of the Sci Fi music. It is an excellent mix! I hadn't heard several of the songs before but many of them were old friends.
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And that would be wonderful if you pass along the information to your friend who's a teacher. Awesome!

I'm so glad you were able to grab the second mix, as well. I really appreciate your kind words! :)

Hope all's well with you, my friend!
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
w00t! Caravaggio icon!

I had an excellent time thank you!

Sep. 14th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear it! :)

elicia8 outdid herself with this icon. I'm in love with it!
Sep. 12th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Dear me! Your icon had me drooling for so long I forgot to read your post!
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks! That's the gorgeous work of elicia8.
Sep. 13th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Are you going to Archon?
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
You know, I've been checking out Archon's website. It looks like it will be a great con! I'm not going to be able to get away this year for it, but it's on my list of "maybe next year" cons. Are you going?
Sep. 15th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm currently planning to go. I was hoping I could bum a ride and/or share expenses with someone. I mainly want to see POTC3K. It should be a hoot.

There is this cute girl I know who is going to college in Missouri. She is also planning to go. We'll see what happens.
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