Category Archives: Native Americans

Native Americans

Books we’ve read:

  Frog Girl

For Students:






The Lummi Nation Totem Poles

Raven Stories and other Squamish Legends


Other stuff:

  1. Swil Kanim, Lummi Violinist


For Adults:

  1. Native American Languages



Happy Holidays !!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

My wife and I are feeling really grateful to be able to travel this holiday season. One of our most recent adventures was to the Kuala Lumpur bird park in Malaysia back in 2012. All of our classroom study of tropical rainforest animals reminded me of the beautiful and exotic birds we saw there. Here’s a picture:

KL Birds

Here are the answers to my family survey, but first a quiz for you:

Mr. Peter and his wife are traveling to one of the 50 states of the United States of America.

Can you guess which one?

1. It is home to many pueblos, or permanent settlements of Native Americans: the Hopi, Zuni, Apache, Navajo, Anasazi, and the Pueblo ‘Indians’.

2. It has many petroglyphs from ancient civilizations.

3. It’s home to the Rio Grande Gorge and River.

4. Famous people associated with this state: Georgia O’Keefe is a famous artist who fell in love with the beauty of this place and made her home there. Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, researched his rockets there. Billy the Kid and many cowboys lived there too!

If you can figure out the answer by the first week of school, I will give you a handshake (Eagle’s Nest Secret), a hug, or a sticker. You choose!

Answers to my family survey:

Survey for Eagle’s Nest Families: Please return by Wednesday, December 17

  1. What holidays does your family celebrate during this time of year? Christmas? Hanukah? Kwanzaa? Something else? What are some of the important holidays for your family throughout the year?

My family is Jewish so I grew up celebrating Hanukah, Passover, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah. Kristin’s family is Christian so now we celebrate all the holidays. We often travel to New York City to see my Mom, Dad, and Sister over Thanksgiving or other times of year.

  1. Your child is studying history. We begin with his/her personal history. Please list the members of your family (however you define it) and their respective years of age.

Here is my example from when I was about your child’s age:

Peter, 5
Father: Jon, 40

Mother, Marcia, 33

Sister, Cassie, 9

Grandmother, Nanny Kevitz, 65

Grandmother, Nany Goldie, 70

  1. Where is your family from? What cultures does your child come from? Does your child have relatives in other U.S. states or foreign countries?

My mother and father’s grandparents were immigrants from Russia and Poland and both sides of my family are Jewish going back as far as I can track. My ancestors came from Israel and , like many jews, my family has made it a point to visit there. I grew up in New York City. I moved to the Twin Cities when I was 18. I have an uncle and his family in Canada. My uncle and his wife live on an Indian Reservation in Peace River, Canada. Most of my wife’s family is in Minnesota. 

  1. What are your family traditions? Does your family do something special on Sunday or the weekend that you’d like to share?

When I was growing up Sunday mornings would be about eating bagels and lox from the local deli and my mom and dad would both read and watch the news. My Dad would read three different New York Newspapers as we watched Meet the Press on Sunday morning.

  1. Do you have any pets? What kind? What is the child’s favorite season?

We have no children and no pets but hope to have both soon. I grew up having a dog or two at all times until I moved to Minnesota. Kristin had many cats before me met. 

  1. What kinds of books, magazines, stories does your child like to read? What do you, the adult(s), like to read ? What kinds of things do you read everyday every week? (shopping lists, websites, books for work, newspapers count)

The first book I ever read was Ten Apples Up on Top when I was 5 or 6 years old. I read a lot of comic books when I was in 1st-3rd grade. And by 4th grade I read a lot of Science fiction. Nowadays I still love reading those books but I also read a lot of children’s chapter books and children’s non-fiction. I love children’s literature and hope to write more children’s stories soon. I wrote and published a few children’s stories when we lived in Taiwan from 2010-2012.

I will also be filling out the survey and sharing with and the children. Anything else about your family that YOU or your child wants me to know?

I’m a kid at heart and I make it a point to know about the books, games, jokes, etc. that are popular with the children in my classroom.

True North

True North

Mapping Minnesota’s History:

About True North

With the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in collaboration with Minnesota’s Land Management Information Center, the Minnesota Historical Society has created True North: Mapping Minnesota’s History to provide Minnesota’s teachers with the knowledge, curriculum, and tools to teach the state’s new graduation standards for geography and history, using online digital resources and applications.

Long before the arrival of European explorers and settlers, American Indians travelled between villages, bands, and tribes to trade goods. With the arrival of Europeans, this fur trade altered radically, both in the types and amounts of materials exchanged and in the length of transportation routes. This new fur trade changed Minnesota’s landscape permanently, and set the stage for the arrival of settlers.

Explore the following maps and historic resources to learn about Minnesota’s rich fur trade history and the critical role that geography played.