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Missing truths

Originally posted on Cynthia Coleman Emery's Blog:
Lithograph of Junipera Serra and subjects As a kid growing up in Southern California (we moved overseas when I was 10) we visited missions that dot the west, built by Spanish priests…

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Why beliefs matter with climate change

I wish I knew more about climate change. Problem is I’m occupied with discourse—the stories we grab from headlines, television and Twitter. How do we (I mean discourse) talk about climate change? What occurs in my circles is the sheer … Continue reading

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Black Hawk’s Skull

Science is often deployed to meet political ends but we don’t always recognize when. Phrenology emerged as a pseudo-scientific way to define race through empirical means. Scientists used painstaking measurements to show how the landscape of the skull—its ridges and … Continue reading

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Science and Trust: What’s Rational?

The disenfranchised among us have a history of distrusting science. Some scientists just don’t get it: how can you overlook evolution? Climate change? Diabetes? Native Americans—and African-Americans and Hispanics—can point to specific examples when the mantle of science caused harm.

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Tobacco Cure

The question was innocent enough. My beloved asked me where the expression, “Blowing smoke up your arse” comes from. Thanks to the internet the answer came swiftly. The story begins in Indian Country (as all stories do during Native American … Continue reading

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When Science meets Faith

Musings on Native Science (by Cynthia-Lou Coleman)https://nativescience.wordpress.com/

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Why American Indians don’t have rights

The issue of “rights” in North America entered into conversation when I saw this week that—after 38 years—a judge ruled two ancient skeletons could be given to a California tribe for reburial. Unlike Kennewick Man—which has yet to be returned—a … Continue reading

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