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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Native American Biographies Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!! I thought this year I would honor the Native Americans by doing a round-up of ones to check out! Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating!! I thank God for all of you who take time to read Crafty Moms Share!!

The other day I did a round-up of Native American stories and picture books. Today I thought I would share some biographies I found on Native Americans. For the most part I only took one biography for each person but many have more than one out there.


Books about Multiple Native Americans



  • Extraordinary American Indians by Susan Avery discusses the lives and accomplishments of Native Americans from the eighteenth century to present
  • Native American Heroes: Osceola, Tecumseh & Cochise by Ann McGovern
  • Famous Native North Americans by Bobbie Kalman profiles Native Americans who had a large influence on their tribes as well as the United States and Canada.
  • Native American Chiefs and Warriors by Stuart A. Kallen
  • Native American Scientists: Fred Begay, Wilfred F. Denetclaw Jr., Frank C. Dukepoo, Clifton Poodry, Jerrel Yakel by Jetty St. John
  • Native American Women by  Suzanne Clores

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Biographies of Non-Chief/Warrior Native Americans




  • Charles Eastman -- Santee Dakota, Anglo-American, French ancestry, Physician, Writer, Lecturer and Reformer
  • Dennis Banks -- Anishinaabe Leader, Teacher, Lecturer, Activist, Author
  • Native American Women (somehow got in here as well)
  • Dr. Carlos Montezuma -- Yavapai-Apache Activist
  • Helen Cordero -- Cochiti Pueblo Potter
  • Susan LaFlesche Picotte -- Omaha Doctor and Reformer
  • Sacagawea -- Lemhi Shoshone Guide and Interpreter
  • Maria Tallchief -- Osage Nation and Scottish-Irish Descent First Native American Prima Ballerina
  • Pocahontas (see the post I did on Pocahontas)
  • Squanto (follow link to see one post on Squanto and another book reviewed here)
  • Sequoyah -- Cherokee Silversmith who independently created a writing system for the Cherokee language
  • Zitkala-S̈a -- Sioux Writer, Editor, Musician, Teacher and Political Activist
  • Susette La Flesche -- Omaha Writer, Lecturer, Interpreter and Artist
  • Sarah Winnemucca -- Paiute activist and educator

Biographies of Chiefs and Warriors




  • Chief John Ross -- Cherokee Chief 1828-1866
  • Chief Joseph -- Nez Perce Chief 1871-1902
  • Chief Red Cloud -- Ogala Lakota Chief 1868 - 1909
  • Crazy Horse -- Ogala Lakota War Leader
  • Pontiac -- Ottawa Tribe War Leader
  • Geronimo -- Bedonkohe Apache War Leader
  • Chief Tecumseh -- Shawnee Leader, most known for participation in War of 1812
  • Osceola -- Seminole War Leader
  • Sitting Bull -- Hunkpapa Lakota Holy Man and Tribal Chief
  • King Philip -- Sachem of the Wampanoag
  • Wilma Mankiller -- First Female Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1985 - 1995
  • Black Elk -- Medicine and Holy Man of Ogala Lakota
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Doll Sized Starbucks!


The other day Hazel and I were at Starbucks (a favorite place to go of ours) and we noticed the adorable cup ornaments they have for sale. We realized they were the perfect size for the 18-inch dolls. Hazel of course had to have one, so we bought one. My plan had been to wait until after Christmas and buy her some more on clearance, however when we were at our normal store one of the managers informed me the tend to sell out quickly, so I should buy them now. We did. Hazel was so excited to play Starbucks with her dolls. 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Native American Legends and Picture Books


Today I thought I would share some Native American picture books and legends with you. Hazel and I have been enjoying reading them and I find it such a wonderful way to share the Native American culture with Hazel as well as learn more about it myself. Some of these books we have had a chance to read and others we have not yet. However I wanted to give you a pretty comprehensive list. Also below is the blog hop and giveaway with a newly added bonus prize!! Make sure you enter this week!!

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Have you been looking for some different Native American crafts? There are the typical (almost stereotypical) ones--feather headdress, paper bag vest, etc. I want to teach Hazel more about Native Americans. I know I do some of this by reading her books about Native Americans and their legends and stories, but I want some crafts as well. I figured there must be other people like me, so I thought I would do a round-up of the Native American craft and activity books I have found as well as share three of the crafts we did. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Exploring Cuba

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This month we are exploring Cuba with Around the World in 12 Dishes. I was rather excited to learn more about Cuba since it is such a mysterious country to me. With all the trade and travel restrictions it seems like an unknown place. We have explored Cuba with books, stories, music, crafts and food from home. To learn more about Cuba and see more resources check out my introduction post at the Around the World in 12 Dishes blog. We had also learned a bit about Cuba during the Hispanic Heritage Month when we read about Celia Cruz, a Cuban-American salsa singer. 

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Celia Cruz By Lionel Decoster (Own work) 
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