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Living Nations, Living Words: A Guide for Educators


This educator guide would not have been possible without the tremendous “Living Nations, Living Words” project; the contributions of Joy Harjo and all the Native poets featured in the collection; and the efforts of numerous Library of Congress colleagues.

In addition, we worked closely with an advisory group of educators to build this resource. We wish to thank the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Indian Education Association, for nominating members from their associations to serve on that panel. We are immensely grateful for the time, energy, and thoughtful reviews of each of the following advisory group members:

Melissa Alter Smith
National Board Certified Teacher, English Language Arts
Lake Norman Charter High School
Charlotte, NC

Alfredo Celedón Luján
Dean of Students; Teacher of English and Study Skills
Monte del Sol Charter School
Santa Fe, NM

Mark Finchum, PhD
Chair, NCSS Indigenous Education Community
Executive Director, Tennessee Council of Social Studies
Retired Educator, Jefferson County Schools
Jefferson County, TN

Joel Garza
Upper School English Department Chair
Greenhill School
Addison, TX

Stephanie Hartman, PhD
Social Studies Content Specialist
Colorado Department of Education
Denver, CO

Heather Kliever
Language Arts Teacher
Madison Middle School, Eugene School District 4j
Eugene, OR

Samantha Majhor, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

Kyle Vaughn
English Department Chair
Pulaski Academy
Little Rock, AR

Francis Vigil
Tribal Education Specialist
National Indian Education Association
Rio Rancho, NM

Carol Carney Warren
Retired Social Studies Specialist, Arizona Department of Education
Retired Educator, Sacaton Public Schools, Gila River Indian Community
Retired Faculty Associate, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ