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Children of the Dragonfly
Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education
by Robert Benson
(excerpt from Preface):
The literature of Native American childhood includes traditional stories of childhood and child-rearing, testimony, autobiography, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and dream song. And for this anthology to comprehend and redefine the history that gave rise to the literature, it includes the history of governmental authority over children, their custody and upbringing, as a function of Indian policy and law.
The official side of the story is readily available, but I found little by or about the children from the "gray market" that occurred in the United States before the Indian Child and Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA<>) or from the Sixties Scoop in Canada. Those who responded to my invitation to tell their stories are presented here. I wanted to contribute to the growth of literature but was surprised and pleased to hear from a number of authors that, as one put it, "The most healing part of the process was the discovery that I wasn't alone, that there were others like me. Your book will reveal that to others as well."
Here's a story to check out, posted by Kat:
"Native Americans participate in the 15th annual 100-mile Nome Cult Trail
near Anthony Peak in the Mendocino National Forest. The 100-mile trek
retraces the forced relocation in 1863 of Indians from the Central
Valley across what is now the Mendocino National Forest to Round Valley."
The Native American Children's Alliance (NACA)
The Native American Children's Alliance is an inter-tribal membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence in child abuse prevention and intervention in Native American and Alaska Native communities through training, mentoring and information.
This organization takes donations & applications for scholarships as well.
Native authored-books on the 2011 Notable Children's Books list:
Tim Tingle's Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light
Matt Dembicki's Trickster: Native American Tales, a collection of 21 trickster stories in graphic novel format is also on the list.
S. D. Nelson's Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story.
Read more here:
Native American Comic Book: Project By Jon Proudstar
Tribal Force is the first Native American Super heroes in comic book in the history of the United States! Originally published in 1996 Tribal Force was well received by fans within and outside of Native country! "It is extremely important for our youth to have super heroes that they can relate to and envision as themselves. " Says creator/writer Jon Proudstar"The goal is to create an ongoing series of comic books that feature Native American super heroes form various tribes. I want to include language and culture that is significant to each characters tribe".
This post was modified from its original form on 04 Mar, 9:42
ARLINGTON - A University of Texas at Arlington linguist is working to save disappearing languages in Native American communities in Oklahoma a state with the highest Native language diversity in the United States, but very little documentation.
"That project was very successful. Three communities participated: Osage, Otoe, and Natchez," Fitzgerald said. The 2012 workshop will reinforce the original linguistic mentor-mentee partnerships with those three communities and provide for seven more groups whose languages have no fluent speakers.
The project is modeled after the Breath of Life program at the University of California, Berkley, which opened its archives on Native Americans and made a tremendous amount of information accessible to linguists. Through phonetics training, research and second source analysis, participants were able to access, understand, and do research on materials on their languages, and to use them for language revitalization.
"Even though it was their heritage, they couldn't access their ancestors' language," Fitzgerald said, adding: "These are groups that went through genocide in our country. People were herded to reservations and sent to boarding schools and beaten for speaking their languages."
After such painful experiences, many Native Americans chose not to teach their language to their children to prevent future persecution.
That course of action had detrimental affects on entire tribes, Fitzgerald said. Language plays a critical role in grounding children in their culture and fostering positive self-esteem. Such affirmation also may help fight drug and alcohol abuse and other concerns such as depression and suicide, Linn said.
Oklahoma has 39 languages that were at one time spoken by tribes throughout Oklahoma, according to the National Geographic's Enduring Voices: Saving Disappearing Languages Project. Seventeen of those languages are no longer spoken by a native speaker, and only 6 to 7 have a few very elderly speakers, which means they will no longer have speakers in the next few years.
Fitzgerald and Linn said their work may lead to documented new speakers and the production of grammar guides and dictionaries.
Native American language reclamation projects such as this new study provide an important part of the historical documentation of the United States for all its citizens, the researchers said.
Medley of traditional tales including How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, Legend of the Corn Husk Doll, The Hollywood Indian, How Turtle Cracked His Shell, with Native flute, drumming & rattles.