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.

The Martians Have Landed

(Note: I was invited recently to speak to a class about mass media, thanks to the kindness of the instructor, Guy Le Masurier, a beloved professor at Vancouver Island University. I’m sharing the draft write-up today, on which the talk … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

November ushers in Native American Heritage Month in the United States. Over the next 30 days, local schools will host events and federal institutions like the Smithsonian will sponsor celebrations that bring into focus the history and currency of being … Continue reading

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Feels like Camping

  When we moved to Canada for my four-month fellowship, we packed up the car, leaving a lot of room. You can tell a lot about a person by what she packs for 16 weeks. I took one small suitcase: … Continue reading

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What can I do and how can I make a difference?

Note: This is the script I wrote for a talk I gave this week at the Gathering Place, an inviting spot for Indigenous students and the campus community at Vancouver Island University, where I am ensconced for the semester. When … Continue reading

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Stripping down to the basics

The weight has lifted As we settle into our new—albeit temporary—life on Vancouver Island, many encumbrances melt away. We’re renting our home, so we don’t worry when the air conditioner fails and we don’t even take out the rubbish—our comforts … Continue reading

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May I have your permission to land?

When visitors arrive in Nanaimo in their canoes, they ask permission to land. We learned this traipsing through Departure Bay, the waterfront of our new and temporary digs on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. We found a carving that faces … Continue reading

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Revenant Redux

If you saw the film, The Revenant, you know the character is mauled by a bear and left for dead. And then returns. The word revenant comes from the French, for return: I will return–je reviens. In my case, the … Continue reading

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