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. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.

Native American Heritage Month

NOVEMBER 2022 Image by Alesha Sivartha, Book of Life, 1898 Thanksgiving Floats the Media Bubble My social media bubble encircles friends and acquaintances who are–for the most part–kindhearted. I’ve grown weary of folks who shame communities online, drawing attention to … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

NOVEMBER 2022 Pictured: Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota) is a modernist painter who shared his Sioux culture worldwide (1973). Credit: Digital Library of South Dakota (photographer not named).   OSCAR HOWE The Dakota Modern Exhibit Where identity is baked into aesthetics … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

NOVEMBER 2022 HONORING ANCESTORS Pictured: My great-grandmother, Eva Agnes Herridge, and her older sister, Mary. Photograph taken around the early 1890s by P.A. Miller. Agnes was born in South Dakota and settled in Oklahoma–in Stillwater and Fairfax (one of the … Continue reading

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Taking Steps to Recognize Indigenous Peoples

Let’s Start with Names Seek-Seek-Qua by C. Coleman Emery When I returned home from a September camping trip, I opened my book (Night of the Living Rez) and found a plastic knife holding my place. I had used the knife … Continue reading

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Doing What’s Ordinary

Our puppy lived with his brothers, sisters and trainer for five months before we got to take him home. We learned one important lesson the day the trainer handed over the leash: praise the pup royally when he goes potty … Continue reading

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Do Media Matter? Maybe, Not So Much….

I get it. We long for answers. One step solutions. But life is complicated, and we can’t solve our problems with shortcuts. There’s no single pill to make you slim and no simple test to show you’re smart. Lately I’ve … Continue reading

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Improvisation: A Formula for Teaching

Winding up spring term’s college classes, I ask students what they know now that they didn’t know ten weeks ago. The weight of ideas learned in one class is stunning, but what’s more impressive is how students learn how to … Continue reading

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All Things are Relative in Camp Land

Our long weekend trip to the East Coast from the West took an unexpected turn: camping. I had booked an AirBnB that would be a close drive to our family–son and daughter-in-law–and one that welcomed–even encouraged–dogs. Photos online showed a … Continue reading

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Little Theories

The Duality of Science and Morals Science and morals have something in common. Both cling to a common foundation. That is, scientific and moral-ethical theories each wrap around core beliefs supported by experience, practice and everyday existence. For example, Natives … Continue reading

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Twisted Truths

Twisted Truths I just learned about a bill that will allow Florida schools to restrict how faculty teach American history in primary and secondary schools. The news report notes Governor Ron DeSantis says “woke ideology is an attempt to really … Continue reading

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