Monthly Archives: August 2010

Storytelling

Narratives and science My work is largely informed by mediated messages and I explore how meanings about science, health, risk and the environment are created in news and entertainment that impact American Indian communities. That is, I look at what … Continue reading

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Connections to native science

Suggested links & shout-outs It’s inspiring to find other souls working on Native issues in the public arena of social discourse and I recently gave a shout-out on the blog for Rob Schmidt, who, on his Facebook page notes: “I’m … Continue reading

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An Osage tradition

Supper My cousin hosted us for supper while we visited Fairfax (Grayhorse), Oklahoma last week. Fairfax, Hominy and Pawhuska (the seat of Osage country) form a triangle of Indian communities just north of Tulsa. The cemetery in Grayhorse, where we … Continue reading

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News and Indian Country

“The way communities are structured influences how news is selected, produced and framed” Continue reading

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Science and trickster

Imagining the Frog Returning to Oklahoma last week presented an opportunity to breathe the air and walk on soil of my relatives. Everyone we spoke with—from museum curators to cousins—were genuinely happy we returned to Indian country and especially glad … Continue reading

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Origins

Other way, Margaret Indigenous people worldwide have their creation stories and hold them dear. No surprise to learn, then, that the Havasupai sued Arizona State University for using tribal members’ blood samples for research purposes the scientists failed to disclose.

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Looking from outside, looking within

Who determines authenticity? I recently wrote about the lawsuit that Geronimo’s relatives brought in an effort to have his bones returned to Apache country from Oklahoma, and noted how his great great grandson Harlyn Geronimo was described in news accounts … Continue reading

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Authenticity and heuristics

The danger with heuristics Sometimes when we’re not sure about something, we make our best guess: it’s just part of human nature.

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Spirituality and science

Honoring spider Tomorrow I head for Oklahoma, my mother’s home, where we will lay a headstone in her memory at the Osage cemetery at Grayhorse. This requires special permission and my family is grateful to the elders for their endorsement.

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Question of ownership

Who keeps the spoils? My work began in the late 1980s with examinations of how people think about risk, health and the environment and how such scientific topics unfold in mass media. And when science issues impact American Indians, I … Continue reading

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