Author Archives: Cynthia Coleman Emery

About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. She is enrolled with the Osage tribe.

Honoring Ancestors

  My heritage—in addition to being a North American native–is English, French, Osage and Lakota. Turns out, I know more about my Indian ancestors than my English or French relatives. It’s not because my relatives kept good records: they didn’t. … Continue reading

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When the Hustler gets Hustled

The game is afoot, and this time it is a confidence game. Our country’s leading con man—or confidence man (a swindler who take your trust and your cash)—is getting his comeuppance. The attorney for Stormy Daniels (the porn star who … Continue reading

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But how long are they going to be here?

The Rajneeshis in Oregon One of my favorite reads is Frances FitzGerald’s Cities on a Hill (1987), which explores five diverse communities in the United States, including the town in Oregon that became headquarters for the Rajneesh community. A new … Continue reading

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A Silent Retreat

With Cloven Hooves You have beautiful feet, he said. In an instant, I wondered what other lies he told. No one looking at my toes would utter such words. You wouldn’t dare. It’s either a fib or a line picked … Continue reading

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Becoming Buddhist

I am inching toward becoming a Buddhist and find myself torn. When practitioners “become” Buddhists, they are given the name of an ancestor. And this is where my panic digs in. It’s not just the accoutrements of religion–the bowing and … Continue reading

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Indian Horse film delves into Canada’s dark history of residential schools

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Reimagining History

Taking Liberty with a Grin Can you close your eyes and imagine the famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware? Remember the general standing tall, facing the wind, in a tiny boat? An American flag unfurls while sailors guide … Continue reading

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