Category Archives: nativescience

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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When News is Like Magic

What you don’t see can hurt you James Tankard, one of journalism’s key scholars, talks about news reporting as a “magician’s sleight of hand.” Tankard means that we muggles pay attention to the rabbit and the high-top hat, while oblivious … Continue reading

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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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