Category Archives: rhetoric

Native science & rhetoric

An elder once told me, “Traditional knowledge is thousands of years of applied science.” Those words came from one of the speakers at the Indigenous Environments conference I was fortunate to attend this week in Norwich, England. She points out … Continue reading

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Super Bowl relarity

You have to keep your sense of humor when it comes to mass media. As scholars we take media seriously but the Möbius folds of our reality—what Jean Baudrillard correctly called hyperreality—illustrate how messages, agendas, persuasion and propaganda get tucked … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Bones

November marks National Native American Heritage Month, and I pledge to write a blog a day. Here’s the first. Heritage Month was inaugurated in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, the same year he signed NAGPRA. While National Native … Continue reading

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Because we have no government

We spent last week visiting Maine, where a relative recently moved into assisted living. My father-in-law combed through papers, photographs, trinkets, cabinets and boxes at our relative’s house, while neighbors sorted through memories to save and give away. We found … Continue reading

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You name it, you own it

When a 9200-year-old skeleton was uncovered along the Columbia River in 1996 scientists and journalists dubbed the ancestor Kennewick Man. Local tribes bristled at the naming, preferring to call the skeleton The Ancient One, or Oyt.pa.ma.na.tit.tite, according to scholar David … Continue reading

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