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.

When Censors Take On Indigenous America

The Case of the San Francisco Mural Should we censor art when it offends our sensibilities? The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati made headlines in 1990 when it displayed photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe: images of human nudes and acts of … Continue reading

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Two-Eyed Seeing

Inviting Natives to the Table One of the world’s leading scientific journals devotes space to Native Science this week. The article in Science begins with the cry, “Don’t shoot the leaders.” The entreaty comes from aboriginal hunters of North America … Continue reading

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Save the ship

… Not the captain A columnist recently made a brilliant reference that only a cinephile would know. Paul Krugman writes: I gotta say, it was very clever of Nancy Pelosi to steal Donald Trump’s strawberries, pushing him over the edge … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

What Does Integrity Mean? When news hit that some overly eager parents helped smooth the ride for their children’s entrée to college by paying bribes, I was disappointed. Disappointed that the system seems to have served folks who can grease … Continue reading

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Native Science

Easter Frocks and Magic  My mother would sew four matching Easter dresses each year–the only day I can remember when my sisters and I all went to church. Easter was bright and warm in Southern California, and my grandparents would … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

Surviving in the age of Marie Kondo We are situated in the age of Marie Kondo, where “to kondo” is a verb. In the age of materialism, “kondo-ing” makes sense; get rid of what you don’t need. Count me in. … Continue reading

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Stuck to gorilla glue

LITTLE THEORIES I married a boy. I don’t mean a boy-boy. I mean a man-boy. You can find the evidence in the linen closet. There’s a shelf of light bulbs surrounded by boxes of batteries. I’m not talking cup-size when … Continue reading

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