ERIC Number: EJ704378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Connecting with Aboriginal Students
Teacher Librarian, v31 n5 p20 Jun 2004
In this article, the author stresses that teacher-librarians must make themselves aware of a variety of aspects of the local aboriginal culture as well as the differences in interpersonal interaction. Artwork, both student and professional, can make a library more beautiful. Posters or aboriginal role models should be mixed with non-aboriginal ones. Photographs of important members of the community can be displayed next to photographs of students. Select aboriginal resources--not just about aboriginal topics, but also by aboriginal authors. A wide selection of fiction by aboriginal authors should be available and be included in regular displays of new materials. Activities in the library should be inclusive of aboriginal students. Writing circles and literature circles can include aboriginal students, or, if they are hesitant about joining the larger group, smaller circles can be formed. Aboriginal practices such as the talking stick can be incorporated for discussion. Students should be given the opportunity to have pride in their work. Chapbooks (bound collections of student writing) can be developed from the writing circles. Invite parents to an evening circle reading, creating an opportunity for parents to celebrate the successes of the students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences, Librarians, Indigenous Populations, American Indians, Eskimos, Cultural Awareness, Library Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Washington