Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters.. I wanted to post a site that was sent to me by another librarian but I realize it will be too hard for many tribal members to access. Many people don't realize that it is hard for our tribal members to view sites that have way too many graphics or are linked with fancy flash programs and such. I hope it doesn't take 2 days for people to access this site. Someday we hopefully will have more than just dial up for our rez. If you live off the rez and want to check this site out....... go to .........
National Museum of the American Indian: Beauty Surrounds Us [Macromedia Flash Player] http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/beauty_surrounds_us/flash8.html
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian has an engaging online version of their "Beauty Surrounds Us" exhibit. In addition to its beauty, the web exhibit also provides an activity for each section the exhibit is divided into, such as "Tools of Existence", "Recreation and Pastimes", "Design as Identity", and "Expressions of Identity." The activity tests a visitor's comprehension and memory of the objects' written descriptions given when you click on the object's picture. Once you've clicked on the object, you can then click on “Map” to see the area the object is from, and you can click on "Related" to see historic photos of the objects in use by Native peoples. The exhibit includes the Native peoples of both North and South America, and objects of indigenous materials, modern materials and a mix of indigenous and modern materials. The activity in "Design as Identity" tests your knowledge about several object's material composition. Sports fans will find some familiar items in the "Recreation and Pastimes" section, and they can even try their hand at shooting arrows at hoops to hone their buffalo shooting skills.

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