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National Museum of the American Indian
Here in Washington thousands of people gather next week for the six-day 
Festival of First Americans celebrating the opening of the National Museum 
of the American Indian, Sept. 21-26. The NAMAI web site offers an education 
section with teacher guides and lists of authentic resources for students: 
"Your students may have preconceived notions regarding Native Americans. 
Before visiting the museum, you may want to begin studying 'fact versus 
fiction' concerning indigenous cultures. Historical concepts may be 
confused with fictional stories. You may want to read a selection of 
children's books and critique them for their factual content. Discuss 
stereotyping and suggest ways to counter negative imaging. Reinforce 
positive imaging of Native Americans. Don't select literature that uses 
stereotypical language, imaging, etc. Check with our Resource Center for a 
bibliography of suggested books." Link to radio programming such as Living 
Voices and online exhibits that range from Indian humor to the quilt show 
and education guide our own Marsha MacDowell was involved in, To Honor and 
Comfort. Museum entry is timed and free but visitors in the first months 
should obtain tickets in advance for a service fee. Find all this plus the 
festival schedule of music, storytelling, regalia making, and processions 
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads in Port Gibson, MS, a former Coming Up 
Taller recipient, co-sponsors "Telling the People's Story: From Tape and 
Transcript to Public Programs" Sept. 17-19 with the Mississippi Humanities 
Council to show how oral histories can provide the basis for public 
programs at the community level. Among participants are Paul Hendrickson, 
author of Sons of Mississippi, Alan Trachtenberg, professor emeritus at 
Yale University, Marsha MacDowell, professor of art and art history and 
curator of folk arts at Michigan State University Museums, Alison Carey, 
co-founder of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Roland Freeman, photographer 
and author of A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, 
Preservers, and Their Stories. The conference features sessions on using 
oral history to create community theater, exhibits, web sites, radio and 
television documentaries, CDs, and publications. Continuing education units 
can be arranged. Contact Patricia Crosby, 601/437-8905

The Historic Electronic Online Archive of Children's Folksongs
A Public Folklore Project built by the children of the United States. 
Sounds Like FUN - Sounds Interesting!
Ed Techs can help teachers and children - it's easy.
Integrate Literacy, Music, and Technology into the classroom.

2004 NEA National Heritage Fellows perform for free Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 
pm, Lisner Auditorium, in DC. Find ticket info at
For bios and photos of the 2004 Fellows, who include dobro musician Jerry 
Douglas and blueswoman Koko Taylor, go to

"Domino" - Book and Cassette published by Guavaberry Books
Traditional Children's Songs, Proverbs, and Culture From the U.S.V.I.
60 Traditional Children's Songs, Games, Proverbs
45 minute Live Sound Field Recording
from the American Virgin Islands
Cross Curricular, Interdisciplinary, Multicultural Resource Book and Cassette
************************************************************************** is a video-streaming web site built as a national 
preserve of documentary films about American folk culture in an effort led 
by Tom Davenport in partnership with UNC's and Southern 
Folklife Collection. Produced by independent filmmakers, these hard-to-find 
films are streamed on the site with extensive background materials that 
highlight the history and aesthetic importance of the traditions and the 
films and tips for teaching with them. DC area residents can attend the 
national kick-off with a screening of Susan Levitas' film 
The Music District and a live performance of the gospel brass shout band 
Sweet Heaven's Kings from the DC United House of Prayer, Saturday, 2 p.m., 
Nov. 6, at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring. Contact Tom for info 
folks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx and visit to find many films useful 
in classrooms for grades 8 through higher ed, all with contextual 
materials, some with teaching guides. More teaching tools are in the works.

Do your Students, Teachers, Administrators, Tech Eds
need to know where to go for great online resources
for the arts? Integrate the arts into the classroom.

National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, is 
Thursday, Nov. 16, a day for young people to step across social boundaries 
and meet new people in their school cafeterias. Elementary, middle, and 
high school information packets are at or 
call 334/956-8200. Don't forget that all Teaching Tolerance materials are 
free to educators and students

Folk music - sung during the days before there was a music
industry when the role of music was about your life -
about the life and times that most of us don't experience
anymore and when the music was sung because it helped
people through it and sustained them.

Sue Eleuterio recently trained at the Digital Storytelling Center based in Berkeley and Denver, and highly 
recommends their workshops. They describe themselves: "The Center for 
Digital Storytelling is a nonprofit project development, training, and 
research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media 
to tell meaningful stories from their lives. Their focus is on developing 
large-scale projects for community, educational, and business institutions. 
They offer workshops for organizations and individuals and a clearinghouse 
of resources on storytelling and new media."

Do you need resources that will  help your teachers use  art and
technology using, dance, folktales, geometry, digital photography,
poetry, story telling, video production, writing, cartoons, and more?

Marjorie Hunt of the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and 
Cultural Heritage announces the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History 
Interviewing Guide is now online at It presents 
guidelines that Smithsonian folklorists have developed over the years for 
collecting folklife and oral history from family and community members and 
features a concise, easy-to-use guide to conducting an interview, as well 
as  sample questions that may be adapted to each interviewer's needs and 
circumstances. The Guide concludes with a few examples of ways to preserve 
and present findings, further readings, glossary, and sample information 
and release forms.

National Association for Multicultural Education meets Oct. 27-31 in Kansas 

National Council of Teachers of English meets Nov. 18-21 in Indianapolis

National Council for the Social Studies meets Nov. 19-21 in Baltimore

Modern Language Association meets Dec.27-30 in Philadelphia 
An American Folklore Society panel on Folklore, Literacy, and Education, 
Tues., Dec. 28, 10:15-11:30 am, features "Folklore and Fieldwork: Tools for 
Teaching Literacy," Paddy Bowman, National Network for Folk Arts in 
Education; "Fantasy and Play in the Writing Process," Miriam Camitta, 
University of Pennsylvania Center for Folklore and Ethnography; and 
"Fieldwork, Service Learning, and the Development of Cultural Literacy," 
Stephen Criswell, Benedict College.

Artifact Road Show Library of Congress Learning Page Lesson outlines a 
staff development workshop and offers lessons to help students see the 
importance of context in the use of primary resources

National Parks Associated with African Americans An Ethnographic 
Perspective by the National Park Service links from a map to nearly 60 
national park sites and resources that emphasize the role of African 
Americans in the development of American culture, heritage, and history

The Online Academyby the Smithsonian Institution highlights artifacts, 
scholars, collectors, and preservers of African American history

Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans provides online teaching 

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened Aug. 23  in Cincinnati. 
After years of planning by Underground Railroad communities, universities, 
cultural groups, and the public, visitors have a place to learn about 
present and past freedom movements from around the world. Find information 
and education resources at

David Steiner is the new director of Arts Learning at NEA, coming to the 
agency from Boston University's Department of Education Policy. Former 
director Doug Herbert is now with the U.S. Dept. of Education. Steiner met 
with arts education representatives Aug. 31 to discuss NEA's plan to 
initiate summer teacher institutes. Find the RFP for a coordinating agency 
to sub-contract seven institutes for 2005 and include extensive assessment 
at Deadline is 
Sept. 27.

Arts Education Partnership
The June Arts Education Partnership Forum in DC focused on The Arts and 
Literacy. The transcript of an interesting panel on literacy and reading is 
at Here's an excerpt from Eileen 
Landay, Clinical Professor of English Education and Founder of the 
ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University: "Let me bring this down to the 
concrete and create for you a real human being. Let's call him Armando. 
Armando lives in that larger landscape of representation and communication. 
For him, the question of literacy is really not about letters. It's more 
about identity. It's more about who am I. It's more about what is my 
experience in the world. It's more about what do people like me do. It's 
more about how I feel about myself. I think that we now understand the 
extent to which the literacy of letters is embedded in social practice, in 
human identity issues. That, for me, is the thing that we must not forget. 
I think that when we go ahead and talk about, through the rest of this 
conference, the difference between or the connections between the arts and 
literacy, I want you to keep Armando in mind. What does it mean for him?"

AEP meets in Philadelphia Oct. 3-4 and the theme is Effective Professional 
Development for Arts Education. Find the full June report, Philly details, 
advocacy tools, and publications such as the recent report "The Arts and 
Education: New Opportunities for Research" at

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