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.

Giving Thanks, Indian-style

It’s all about me Sometimes the secret to dissecting an issue is to carve through the sinew. A word like “Thanksgiving” creates its own semiotic map. At its most basic, the word means, “Giving thanks.” When my children were little, … Continue reading

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Raccoon Gaze  

Identity Politics I’m a raccoon. What you need to know, first, is that being a raccoon is not the same as being a member of an American Indian family, band or clan. For example, woven into the Sioux thread of … Continue reading

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Are you a Native American or are you a Writer?  

“White Writer Writes Book on Love” How do you represent yourself? As a writer, or as a Native American writer? That’s the question American Indian writers face when sharing their stories with heterogeneous crowds, like the ones that gathered this … Continue reading

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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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