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Harvard Digitizes American Indian Portraits

Harvard University's Tozzer Library recently digitized Photographs of North American Indians. ca. 1850-1879.

http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:FHCL:8403858

More information on this collection can be found here:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/03/portraits-of-vanished-indian-life/

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The Ojibwe People's Dictionary

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary is an online Ojibwe-English dictionary with the goal of revitalizing the Ojibwe language.  This dictionary includes audio from native speakers along with vidoes, images, and references to relevant documents in Ojibwe where applicable.

The dictionary, which was initiated in 2010, is a constantly expanding resource that grows as content is added each week.

"Indian Converts" Collection

From The Scout Report

http://cdm.reed.edu/cdm4/indianconverts/

First published in 1727, the remarkable book "Indian Converts, or Some account of the lives and dying speeches of a considerable number of the Christianized Indians of Martha's Vineyard" is now available in full online. Written by Experience Mayhew, the book provides remarkable insights into the lives and culture of four generations of Native Americans in colonial America. This digitized version was created at Reed College, and visitors can look through all four sections of the work, which include "Indian Ministers" and "Pious Children." Throughout the work, Mayhew details the books that different age groups were reading, provides insights into early New England pedagogy and childrearing practices, and also describes each individual in terms of their own genealogy and personal history. The truly fantastic thing about the site is that it also contains an archive with over 600 images and documents that further contextualize the work. Also, the site contains study guides designed for classroom use that cover artifact analysis, genealogy, and reading gravestones. [KMG]


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Indian Territory Records Digitized and Searchable

From Indian Country Today Media Network

"To make searching for historical documents easier the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) and the Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office partnered to digitize and index Oklahoma and Indian Territories incorporation records."

This database includes "transactions for churches and lodges and private business as well as the larger banks and coals and, of course, oil companies" and could be a valuable tool for researchers studying a wide variety of subjects including American Indian History.  The article linked to above provides an example of using this database to track down a researcher's relatives.

"If you had people pre-statehood Oklahoma, take a look. You might find information on a church or a lodge they were a member-or, if you're related to a mover and shaker, perhaps even the incorporation papers for their oil and/or gas company." (Debra Spindle, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Librarian)

Search the Oklahoma and Indian Territory incorporation records.


Writer: Devyn Goetsch


American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

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In August 2011 the National Museum of the American Indian launched a website "American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges."

Article:
NMAI and Tribes Launch Environmental Web Site

The site is aimed at middle and high school teachers.

I thought it might be of particular interest here in Minnesota as the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is one of the four partners who developed this site.

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Native Daughters Website

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Fabulous new resource from the University of Nebraska

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http://cojmc.unl.edu/nativedaughters/

Native Daughters is a collection of stories, profiles and multimedia projects about a diverse group of Native American women. They are healers and warriors, story tellers and law makers, leaders, environmentalists and artists.

Fall semester is coming up soon. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the Department of American Indian Studies faculty, instructors and staff of the resources available from the University Libraries.

At the University Libraries we are committed to supporting instructors and students in the research process. Subject librarians work with instructors to provide access to course readings, design student research assignments, and plan and teach session on the use of library databases and effective academic research strategies.

American Indian Studies Librarian

View the guide: Improving Student Research: A Faculty/Instructor Guide (PDF)

Here are examples of ways I can support your teaching and learning:

Assignment Consultation

Get advice on assignments that help students learn to research more effectively, get suggestions on resources that are available to support your course projects, or work with me to teach a session(s) to support a specific assignment.

Library Course Page and Online Course Support (Moodle, Webvista, etc.)

I can customize a web page of library resources to support an assignment, course or program. Some faculty also add librarians as instructors in their course website (e.g. Moodle, WebVista) to support student research. I can also advise on readings, images, video and other media to enrich your online course website.

Guide on posting links to articles in Moodle and other course sites

Library Workshops and Course-integrated Instruction

Arrange for a customized library workshop designed with your particular assignment in mind. The large libraries have computer labs for hands-on workshops, but I can also come to your computer lab or classroom. The Libraries also offer free workshops for students, staff, and faculty. Faculty or instructors can require (or encourage) their students to attend particular workshops or include the link to one of our online workshops, guide or tutorials in your course site.

First Year Writing

The University Libraries, in partnership with the First Year Writing program, have developed workshops and tutorials to provide an introduction to the University Libraries designed for first year students. This series is called Intro to Library Research (formerly known as Unravel the Library) and is available to anyone interested in learning more about the University Libraries and academic research.

Archives and Special Collections

The University Libraries hold millions of unique materials that provide high-quality learning experience for students. You can arrange a customized presentation, based on your course topics and on original primary sources (artifacts, letters, images, personal papers, etc.), to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to original research. Learn more.

Media and Student Created Media

The Libraries offer a variety of support on using and creating media for instructors and students. For example, we can help with integrating media into your course including reserving a video or consultant on assignment or projects and support students in creating media such as videos (equipment check out, production software, etc.)

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a complex issue. I can help develop assignments and lessons to ensure students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Libraries Exhibits and Events

Take advantage of our ongoing exhibits and lectures by incorporating them into your courses.

Tours

Tours of the library or collections that your students will be using most frequently are a way to increase students' comfort levels with the library and introduce them to the lay-out and services of the Libraries.

Faculty Seminars

The libraries offer consultations, workshops and seminars about methods to incorporate the libraries and our collections into assignment and strategies to improve student research. Learn more about our recent faculty seminar.


Next Steps

Contact me Jody Gray (grayjl@umn.edu) (612)624-9913

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