Volume XII, Issue 4                                                                                       Page 6                                                                                                 May 2008

F R O M   T H E   L I B R A RY:  by Linda McCauley, Tribal Librarian


Library books are loaned out and do need to be returned.  The PL Library does not charge late fees, but, if you do not bring them back, or let me know that you are still reading it, you will have to buy it.


Here are some books that are currently checked out and need to be returned: Harry Potter:  # 1 and 8; Through Indian Eyes; Keeper of the Animals; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Sacred Places in North America; The Reptile Room; The Zuni; A Northern Light; Reporter at Large; Zomo, the Great Rabbit; and The Great Ball Game.  


I got a call from a very dear 87 year-old women from the bay area.  She wants to mail some Indian books to the library as a donation!  Now if this elder can do that --then I think it should not be too hard to bring the above books back.


You know who you are!  Bring them back soon!  Others would like to read them.


Library Hours:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Library will be closed: 

May 20 & 21



Here are some fantastic web links that are available through the internet (we do have internet access for the public at the library)I will be adding these to a new Library Web page on the PLPT website soon.


This is an extremely interesting website with a link to her blog:  www.americanindiansinchildrensliterature.com


Debbie Reese is an enrolled member of the Nambé Pueblo Tribe and has previously taught at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and Santa Fe Indian School, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her research interests include the representations of Native Ameri cans in children's and young adult literature, textbooks,  curricular materials, and other forms of media used in the classroom.  

Debbie says that, “As a schoolteacher, I taught my students about bias and stereotypes, about how books can be wrong. In graduate school, I honed my research and critical analysis skills. I've learned a great deal from others. Some key books include:


Kathleen Horning's COVER TO COVER; and,  Betsy Hearne's two articles CITE THE SOURCE and RESPECT THE SOURCE


Below are some of the questions I have in my head whenever I sit down to analyze a Native story that is called a folktale. I invite conversation/discussion with readers on the blog about the questions.

When I consider a folktale, some things I look for are:

1) Is the person listed as the author listed as a "reteller"? That is, on the cover and/or on the title page, is the book "By Ani Rucki" or "Retold by Ani Rucki." (Note:  Debbie is referring to an author with the last name of Rucki, who writes books about the Southwest)

2) In the author's note, or in a source note, does Rucki say where she heard the story, or what source she found it in?

3) If Rucki provides info about her source, does she provide enough detail so that I could find the source if I wanted to?

4) In the author's note, does Rucki tell the reader the ways in which she changed/edited the story and why?

5) In a couple of reviews, there is mention that this is a Navajo folktale. How is that information provided in the book? Is it implied in the story itself or stated on the cover or title page?

I hope readers of the blog are interested in conversation about the questions I've listed above. My first post was a list of books, but my goal is for others to learn how to critically evaluate children's books about American Indians. With such skills, you own that knowledge and can carry and apply it with you wherever you go.”  -Debbie Reese





"This research guide provides information about early Native American resources held in the Harvard University Archives. The guide covers materials dating from the founding of Harvard's Indian College until the 1833 revolt of the Mashpee Indians of Massachusetts against unwanted external missionary and governmental control. The geographical area covered is principally New England and New York. The guide also provides links to material at other Harvard repositories such as the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, the Harvard Map Collection, the Law School Library, Houghton Library, and the Peabody Museum. Additional links are provided to the modern resources of Harvard's Native American Program (HUNAP) and to a list of current Harvard courses related to Native Americans. There are also links to external repositories such as the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Boston Public Library, and the Massachusetts Archives."

- Kathleen T. Burns, Archivist, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Yale University




“Te Doamu Tunedyoo’e”
(Teach Our Children)
2008 PLHS Youth Conference
& Social Powwow
Thursday, May 15, 2008


Youth Conference Topics include:
Pyramid Lake Oral History Circle
Alcohol & Drug Awareness
Pyramid Lake G.I.S
Museum & Visitor’s Center
Elders Panel
Knowledge Bowl
Scavenger Hunt
Motivational Speakers
Pyramid Lake Police Department
Pyramid Lake Diabetes
Health & Wellness workshops



Host Drum: Echo Sky Singers

2:00 Grand Entry/Specials

4:00 Dinner Break

5:00 Grand Entry

8:00 Pow-wow concludes


Barbeque Luncheon


Vendors Welcome


This is a drug & alcohol free event.

For more iformation contact

Ione Crutcher, Paula Paul or Irwin Sharp Fish

PO Box 267, Nixon, Nevada 89424


Pyramid Lake Jr/Sr High School will not be liable for injury, accident, theft, etc.