Robot Uprising: Robopocalypse Reviewed

Robot Apocalyspe!Reviewed by Ernest M. Whiteman III, T7 Cultural Resource Specialist

I just finished reading Daniel H. Wilsons’ Robopocalypse and must say that I enjoyed it very much. It reads like “World War Z” in which it is a story told from multiple points of view. The personal stories of how robots revolted against humanity and how humanity regrouped and fought back is well crafted and easy to follow.

Wilson, who has an advanced degree in robotics, does not over laden the prose with technical jargon but makes it clear what the robots do and how they function. This one will probably going to go on my yearly “Best of…” list for 2012 books.

Steven Spielberg got the motion picture rights to this even before it was published and plans to direct it. Man, I wish I could as it involves some Natives in the story. I highly recommend this book!

This book will be part of the T7 Summer Program’s “Real Indian Kids Read” Guided Reading Program! Look for a future post for sign-up info. Also, the book has been requested as part of the T7 Reading Stars Family Book Club. Stay Tuned!


Call for Artists/Artisans for CPS Teacher Database

Chicago Title VII is collaborating with the Northeastern Chicago Teachers Center to provide Native American cultural workshops/sessions to local schools for local Native American artisans/artists. Paid stipends are available.

Chicago Title VII is looking for Chicago-based, Native American artisans and artists for an upcoming Native American Artists Contact List for publication and citywide distribution to schools for use in the classrooms. If a CPS teacher is in need of a Native American speaker or presenter then they will have quick access to you!

We are looking for Native American, Chicago-based artisans, including: beadwork, quillwork, regalia making, weaving, pottery, jewelry/silver-smithing, basketry, drumming, crafts making, traditional singing, traditional dancing and storytelling. We would like information from Chicago-based Native dance troupes as well.

We are also looking for Native American, Chicago-based artists, including: painting, drawing, pastels, paper, musicians, singers, actors, comedians, video artists, performance artists, modern dancers, sculptors, graphic artists, computer artists, DJ’s, rappers, models and filmmakers.

Once we have a sizable database established, T7 will host a workshop on what CPS teachers are looking for as well as a general meet-up. So, keep your eyes here to the T7 Blog for more information.

If you are interested in being listed in this publication and database and are available for these sessions; please contact to Ernest M. Whiteman III, Cultural Resource Specialist at to receive an application form.

NOTE: Put “Artisan Database Form request” in Subject line. Possible online form coming to this post soon.

For more information:
Chicago Title VII American Indian Education Program
4420 North Beacon Street, Room #221
Chicago, IL 60640

Looking forward to hearing from our local artisans and artists!

The Chi-noodin Community Writers Group Returns!

The first publication of the Chi-noodin Community Writers Group "We Write for Ourselves" is now available!

The Chi-noodin Community Writers Group returns for its FOURTH SESSION on Friday, February 10, 2012. In partnership with the Kateri Center of Chicago and the UIC Community Writing Project, the Chi-noodin Writers Group is made up of local Native American community members in an effort to tell our stories of living in the city using our own words and our own voices.

We invite members of the Native Community of Chicago to join us!

Where: The Kateri Center, 3938 North Leavitt
When: Fridays, beginning February 10th through April!

No prior writing or publication experience is necessary. Come write about your experiences in a sharing and open environment. Snacks and writing materials provided. Quality and friendly feedback and support is a constant. Join us as we work towards our second publication in the summer of 2012!

For more information or to sign up contact Cultural Resource Specialist Ernest M. Whiteman III at 773.534.2417 or email

We hope to see you there!