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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I get the Eagle Books and activity materials?

A. You can order books and download materials for immediate use.

Q. Where can I get the Eagle Books activity materials I was given at a conference?

A. You can download the files and save them on your computer.

Q. Do I need permission to print the materials posted online?

A. The materials are in the public domain and may be copied and used free of charge.

Q. How can I make the big banners and characters I see in the pictures on this Web site?

A. The files are posted in the Eagle Books Toolkit and include instructions for printing.

Q. Are Eagle Books events expensive?

A. There are ideas posted for simple family and classroom events that do not cost anything. There may be an additional cost for you to print and copy some materials. Community-wide events may require a budget; but many communities have found willing donors among local businesses, programs, organizations, and tribal or village governments.

Q. I am a homeschool mom. I would love to have an Eagle Books activity day with other families. How should I get started?

A. Encourage other home school families to get copies of the books and partner with you in an Eagle Books playdate or party. It doesn’t have to be elaborate—you can simply read a book or watch the animated stories, conduct activities, and serve foods that support the healthy messages.

Q. Our Eagle Books activity day needs to include the entire family. What can older children do that will keep them entertained?

A. Older children can be enlisted to help staff physical challenge activities for the younger children, act as hosts to Elders and other guests, help prepare and serve meals, read Eagle Books stories to groups of small children, replenish supplies and run audio or video equipment, and perform a play or song or dance as part of the festivities. There are books now available for middle school youth with the first in the series titled Coyote and the Turtle’s Dream.

Q. I see that Eagle Books can be used to support 11 of the Indian Health Service (IHS) Diabetes Best Practices. How may I use this information to our community’s advantage?

A. The IHS Diabetes Best Practices, listed on page 4 of the Eagle Books Toolkit for Families, Classrooms, and Communities, were created to help diabetes prevention and treatment programs improve patient results. According to IHS, programs that use the best practices will be more competitive in the reauthorization of funds associated with the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. Ideas for using the Eagle Books to support the Best Practices are available on the Eagle Books Toolkit Web site. More information about the Best Practices also is available from IHS.

Q. Are the four Eagle Books to be read in any particular order?

A. It is suggested that the books be read as follows: Through the Eyes of the Eagle, Knees Lifted High, Plate Full of Color, and finally, Tricky Treats. While each book builds on messages from the previous book, each story does present its own health messages.

Q. Where can I find out about Eagle Books Talking Circles?

A. Diabetes talking circles can be powerful, culturally appropriate ways to share knowledge and bring about behavioral changes that increase wellness among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Seva Foundation is an international health organization that works on health projects in Native American communities throughout the United States. For 30 years, Seva’s Native American Community Health Program has worked to reverse health epidemics including type 2 diabetes by helping Native American organizations develop plans to prevent type 2 diabetes. IHS has recognized Seva’s Diabetes Talking Circles as highly effective in helping Native people develop self-managed strategies for type 2 diabetes prevention and treatment. Learn more about the SEVA Foundation talking circles.

Hold an Event and For Families and Classroom on the CDC Eagle Books Toolkit feature illustrations readily available for you to use in creating your own, unique Talking Circle materials.


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