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7.20.2014

Miss Cookie's Moon Kitchen 1969Miss Cookie's Playroom 1961, Miss Cookie's Kitchen 1957, Miss Cookie's Flower Garden vintage colorforms

today is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing + walk 

by ~mod*mom~ at 20.7.14 ©


7.16.2014

midcentury spaceage humor :: rally round the flag boys :: dedini illustration

found this 1958 novel at a thrift store 4th of july + found the movie on youtube with "whitewashed" american history farce set in midcentury modern suburban utopia



"rally 'round the flag effect (or syndrome) is a concept used in political science and international relations to explain increased short-run popular support of the President of the United States during periods of international crisis or war. Because Rally 'Round The Flag syndrome reduces criticism of governmental policies, it is seen as a factor of Diversionary Foreign Policy.wikipedia



247 years of american flags poster via fastcompany

read rally round the flag phenomenon :: harvard university school of government

by ~mod*mom~ at 16.7.14 ©


6.17.2014



Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3 

Microsoft is hosting in-store events + experiences in 90+ Microsoft retail stores in U.S.A + Canada, to celebrate the launch of its tablet that can replace your laptop: Surface Pro 3. Starting now Microsoft Stores are offering a way to experience, pre-order + celebrate the arrival of Surface Pro 3. Everyone is encouraged to come in + check out the excitement + get expert tips + advice on Surface Pro 3.  Each store will have multiple devices to try along with a team of store experts dedicated to delivering the best choice, quality + service.

Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop. Powerful, portable + designed to maximize productivity. Surface Pro 3 brings the best of a laptop + the best of a tablet together in 1 device. With a large, 12” ClearType Full HD color-calibrated display, multi-position kickstand, increased processing power, a new Surface Pen, front- and rear-facing cameras, weighing only 1.76 lbs, Surface Pro 3 is light yet powerful, delivering power, portability + productivity. you can go online at microsoftstore.com now to pre-order Surface Pro 3, +/or visit a Microsoft store to be among the 1st to have a hands-on experience with Surface Pro 3 + its latest accessories — including a Microsoft Store exclusive red type cover 


Launch morning events in all stores June 20
To celebrate the arrival of the Surface Pro 3, all Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. + Canada will host launch day activities, including VIP pre-order pickup, giveaways, music, food + more. Attendees will have the opportunity to win dozens of giveaways + prizes, including a family vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, for 4.

Microsoft continues to expand its retail stores offering Windows 8.1 PCs, Surface Pro 3, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365, Answer Desk, service, + help with PC setups  microsoftstore.com

disclosure: this is not an ad. i am really interested in checking out Surface Pro 3 + maybe you are too :)

by ~mod*mom~ at 17.6.14 ©


5.08.2014

my mom's mom + her mom were born on a Cherokee Reservation in Indian Territory where they were separated yet assimilated daughters of a matriarchal native culture conquered + intermarried with patriarchal British in an effort to coexist as "civilized"

i was fascinated to watch AmericaUnearthed on History H2 Channel declare there are pyramids in the U.S. + the history we learned at school is not true. well, guess what? i googled + found my american ancestral pyramid documented in court records, college dissertations + native heritage books!!!

our village was in my ggggrandma's personal reservation. british burned it 1730s - 1760s, then the US tricked her out of it in 1826: upholding her ownership, but ruling since squatters had already built a settlement on her land, they could stay there + take it over :(
so basically the US did not honor their treaty to her reservation for life. then in the 1830s the US forcibally removed most of the native americans from the South East, but my ggggrandma legally remained with her white husband + helped keep hundreds of cherokee safe on their family reservations until the 1860s US Civil War over native american lands devastation + settler insurgence crowded out + covered over cherokee culture.


by ~mod*mom~ at 8.5.14 ©


5.06.2014





Doris Day in Coastal Canine Magazine :: Spring 2014 click to read

mod*mom of the world + family dog activist shares her story :)

mod*tot + i watched the Doris Day Show 1968-1972 episodes on netflix, where Doris tackled lots of important issues, including her rescuing a dog left in a parked car on a hot day with the windows rolled up!

dorisdayanimalfoundation.org


by ~mod*mom~ at 6.5.14 ©


5.01.2014









love these french family activity cards illustrations  on agence eureka





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4.18.2014


i took my screenager mod*tot for some Earth Day style screentime to see Disney's "Bears" + we learned Brown Bears, including Grizzlies, breastfeed for 2-3 years, so it's important for Mama Bears to eat enough to make milk all through winter hibernation or her babies will starve in their Den. then i looked up more info on “Bears” movie website: Spring-Fall Bears roam 100 square miles + eat a variety of food. While waiting for the salmon run, Bears snack on sedge grass, shellfish, + berries. Since Katmai Alaska Bears have no knowledge of human food, you could eat a sandwich 10 feet from a bear + he won’t try to take it (unless it's one of their wild foods).

The Bears movie production team filmed enormous wild brown bears + wolves in Katmai Alaska wild area, protected only by Bear guides with no guns or pepper spray. The guides use a keen sense of bear behavior to avoid confrontations (+ emergency handheld flares).


Disneynature’s True Life Adventure “Bears” captures wildlife, but no Native Americans, in one of the planet’s last great wildernessesAlaska, USA. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” + “Chimpanzee”) + Keith Scholey (“African Cats”). 

"Bears" made me think of Disney's animatronic Country Bear Jamboree that debuted 1971...





















by ~mod*mom~ at 18.4.14 ©


4.13.2014

LIFE-MAGAZINE--1967-RETURN-OF-THE-RED-MAN

i'm interested in attending the Stanford University Pow Wow this year for the 1st time, because i'm part native american + learning about my ancestry to connect mod*tot + pass on to our future generations. so i googled + got a wake up call about the native Gold Rush genocide on websites of Stanford, Museum of California, California Missions, PBS...

California Native American History + Stanford University

timeline

"California Indians had been here for more than 10,000 years before the Gold Rush.
They encountered successive waves of explorers, colonizers, and immigrants, including Spanish missionaries, Mexican and Californio rancheros, Russian hunters, and American trappers, traders and farmers.museumca.org/goldrush/fever
1700s 
Spaniards set up Mission System to control land, ports and natives
1769 1st Spanish Mission built :: San Diego :: Junipero Serra Missions of California
"In their missionary zeal, the priests set out to subjugate the Indian people by exploiting their labor, and changing their traditional culture. Disease, abuse, and the destruction of their environment spelled disaster. In the 1st 10 years of the mission system, over 16,000 Indians were baptized and over 9,000 of those died." Museum of California



1769 1st automobile designed as steam trolly History_of_the_automobile

1800s
"By 1817, the mortality rate among the mission Indians had risen to nearly 90%.Museum of California
1846 United States declares war on Mexico in California

1848 gold discovered, Mexico cedes California to the United States
         4,000 Colonizers + 300,000 Natives lived in California.



1849 influx of 100,000s of colonizers, fortune hunters, + military


1850s
1850 California becomes 31st state of the United States of America



1850 California state passed Act for the Government and Protection of Indians. "This law allowed any settler to enslave a Native American child with the permission of the parents, or if the child was orphaned. Since Native Americans weren't allowed to testify in court against US Citizens, this Indian Slave Act also gave settlers free reign to kidnap, sell + purchase Native American children and adults. Settlers could declare any adult native a vagrant and claim them as their slave."
1851 California Governor, Peter H. Burnett, declares: 
"A war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct." The-Great-California-Genocide

"Indian hunters could receive compensation for their actions. Many communities through Gold Rush California offered bounties for Indian heads, Indian scalps, or Indian ears. And so the Indian raiders could bring the evidence of their kill in, and receive compensation. Furthermore, the state of California passed legislation authorizing more than a million dollars for the reimbursement of additional expenses that the Indian hunters may have incurred. And then that was passed on to the federal Congress, where Congress passed legislation also authorizing additional federal funds for this purpose. So what we have beginning in California during the Gold Rush, quite clearly, was a case of genocide, mass murder that was legalized and publicly subsidized."  pbs.org/goldrush/natives

"No group of people faced more prejudice and discrimination than California's native people. In the onslaught of the Gold Rush and the American settlement, which followed, many Indian tribes were forced from their ancestral lands. The natural resources they depended upon for food and shelter were destroyed. Laws were enacted that prevented them from voting, owning property or weapons of any kind, serving on a jury, or testifying in a court of law. Eventually there were bounties placed on their heads, and legally-sanctioned massacres of defenseless villages. The editor of the San Francisco Bulletin spoke for most white Americans: It is a painful necessity of advancing civilization that the Indians should gradually disappear.

Ultimately, there was an organized campaign that was explicitly designed to hunt and kill Indians, with bounties placed on their heads. The expenses of these paramilitary efforts were covered by the federal government and by the sale of state bonds." Museum of California

1860s

1861 Governor of California, Amasa Leland Stanford was an American tycoonindustrialistpolitician who emigrated to California at the time of the Gold Rush from New York. He was a lawyer, merchant, executive, wholesaler + politician. Stanford's global business + political empire wielded tremendous power in California. Many considered Stanford a Robber Baron."
 wikipedia/Leland_Stanford image: ucpresse

1861 Amasa Leland Stanford was President of Central Pacific Railroad

1862 Governor of California, Amasa Leland Stanford, declared In a message to the legislature, “The presence of numbers of that degraded and distinct people would exercise a deleterious effect upon the superior race.” wikipedia/Leland_Stanford

"By 1866, newspaper articles endorsed the action. The Chico Courant proclaimed: It has become a question of extermination now. It is a mercy to the red devils to exterminate them. Treaties are played out. There is only one kind of treaty that is effective - cold lead." Museum of California

1870s

1874 Amasa Leland Stanford, President of Occidental Oriental Steamship Company, between California, JapanChina, India, Phillipines, Australasia + Hawaii

1880s

1885 Amasa Leland Stanford serves as Senator from California next 8 years
1885 Amasa Leland Stanford, President Southern Pacific_Railroad next 8 years
1886 "
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1890s 
1890 Amasa Leland Stanford continues as Senator from California until 1893
1891 Stanford University opens as private research school
1898 Southern Pacific Railroad starts publishing Sunset Magazine
"as a vehicle designed to combat negative "Wild West" stereotypes about California" Sunset

1899 “The most perfect example of the luxury of modern railway travel. Equipment consists of Composite Buffet Library Car, Ladies’ Compartment and Parlor Car, elegant Double Drawing-room Sleeping Cars and Dining Car. It is broad vestibuled throughout, gas lighted and steam heated, and runs solid from ocean to ocean.” sunset-magazine.stanford

1900s 
1900 California Indians nearly extinct: population reduced to 16,000 Museum of California
1900 United States of America enters World War I
1906 Earthquake


1910s
1920s
1924 Indian Citizenship Act made California Natives United States citizens
1929 Stanford University begins using "Indian" as a mascot for athletic teams

1930s
California Native American tribes are terminated and dissolved by the State and Federal government, so tribes have no right to own tribal land.
Devestating Depression era Dustbowl forces exodus of impoverished Native Americans from Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Native Americans who come to California face worst oppression + discrimination of any ethnic group in United States history.



sunset-magazine.stanford.edu/1938

1940s



1949 Stanford Indian mascot burned in effigy by University of California


Construction boom in post-World War II years results in destruction of Native American sites in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, and the East Bay, subsidized by low-cost mortgages for war veterans. Construction boom at Stanford lasts 10 years, fueled by government research funding + GI Bill grants paying tuition + expenses of war veterans. sunset-magazine.stanford.edu

1960s
1965: only 1 Native American student is known to be enrolled at Stanford.
1968: 4 Native Americans counted among the students at Stanford.
1969: Alcatraz Occupation, protest for Native American rights, lasts 19 months. benefit concert for Alcatraz Occupation held at Stanford Chapel

1970s 
Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) forms


1970: 25 Native Americans enroll at Stanford.
SAIO members petition for removal of Stanford's Indian mascot—both the logo (as false image of the American Indian) + the man mascot (whose live performances at sporting events were a mocked Native American religious practices)
1971 1st Stanford Pow Wow
1972 removal of Indian mascot by Stanford President, Trustees + ASSU

1973 "Half Breed" song + Barbie: pop culture icon Cher 

1974 Native American Cultural Center opens

1975 Stanford University students held an election to choose a new mascot + voted for Robber Barons (referring to Amasa Leland Stanford). Stanford's administration refused to implement the vote. Stanford teams remain without a mascot, instead using the color Red.
1978 American Indian Movement co-founder teaches a Stanford Workshop on Social and Political Issues course: American Indian Activism.

1978 "Native American heritage fuses with modern Western tourism" Sunset Magazine

1980s 
1981 7 new Native American undergraduates enroll at Stanford. 
1984 68 Native Americans counted among the students at Stanford.
1986 Native American student + community organizations begin to form under SAIO, i.e., American Indian Science and Engineering Society chapter
1987 SAIO unites with BSU, MEChA + AASA to form the Rainbow Coalition
1988 American Indian Program staff (3)
Stanford gives the remains of 550 human beings from its anthropological collections to their Ohlone/Costanoan descendants for reburial.
1992 1st Native American studies professor hired
1993 Stanford administration suggests the American Indian and Alaska Native program merge with the Asian Activities Center.  Students unite and host a public forum to demonstrate they are distinct communities.
1995 Native Hawaiians added to American Indian, Alaska Native Program
1997 Native American Studies major begins at Stanford University!
(to be continued....


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