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.

Fractions of Little Theories  

Like a Slide Where my Relatives are Falling Yesterday I wrote about Little Theories about the Mass Media, and how urban legends live long after the real stories emerge. Seems we just can’t let go of a good story, even … Continue reading

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Little Theories

Do the Mass Media Really Influence Behavior? Sometimes I examine Little Theories in my Blog. I dig into ideas that we take for granted, and ask, “What is the basis for the perspective?” For example, folks often have the perspective … Continue reading

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Promises Broken

GOLD! CONFIRMED! Custer’s Official Report! Gold and Silver in Immense Quantities November marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty (1868), which many writers suggest is the start of the end of traditional American Indian life … Continue reading

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Native Wood Carver Featured

    When you log onto a fresh Google page (9 November) take a look at today’s video-clip. An animation of Cherokee artist Amanda Crowe is shown carving wood animals. When the 50-second video ends, Google links you to online … Continue reading

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Infusing Native Science into the Conversation

Each November I write about Indigenous issues in honor of Native American Heritage Month. My rationale is that we will be forgotten if we don’t remind others we are still here. I infuse stories of Native American perspectives in my … Continue reading

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When Murders were Never Forgotten

Writer Tommy Orange makes this observation: For people of color, or for people from marginalized communities—who have long since given up on being shocked or dismayed by the news, by what this or that administration will allow, what this or … Continue reading

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My Heart Breaks a Little

My heart breaks a little when I discover people won’t vote. The disappointment comes from learning at an early age that my Native ancestors could not vote in a general election. Although my grandmother voted in tribal elections, she said … Continue reading

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