Tag Archives: Indigenous Science

Irony Attack

A full-throttle example of irony begins with a drive to visit relatives south of Portland on a beautiful spring day. We sit and chat inside, so it is odd indeed that by twilight I discover my arms and hands have … Continue reading

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30 Poems in 30 Days

My weekend poems took shape on the train ride to Seattle and return, and while we soaked up the sunshine in outdoor cafes, I tried to keep up with the 30 poems in 30 days promise. Poem 15 Safe Weekend … Continue reading

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The Boycott Bandwagon

When Bruce Refuses We Listen In refusing to perform a concert in Durham, Bruce Springsteen is using age-old techniques to hit where it hurts: in the pocketbook. When news that North Carolina legislators approved a law that enables discrimination of … Continue reading

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Advertising’s Ubiquity

The word of the day in our propaganda class is ubiquity. Advertising, we learned, is ubiquitous. Borrowed from the Latin, by way of the French, ubique refers to “everywhere.” Students understand advertising completely, offering examples from the logos on football … Continue reading

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Inspiration

I placed some of our lilac cuttings in a vase for inspiration as I consider today’s poem. Our Pacific Northwest flowers are a delicate pink: not purple like the pictures that adorn air freshener products for your bathroom. Local lilacs … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day

When I signed up for the 30 Poems in 30 Days challenge, I didn’t know it would alter my daily outlook. Like a Buddhist I set my intention for the day, which takes the form of a poem. But there’s … Continue reading

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A gathering of minds: Indian style

Our conference in Albuquerque focused on narratives and how they shape meaning. Students and scholars from across the United States and Canada—most of them tribal members—delivered thoughtful presentations about how meanings are created in photographs, cartoons, internet games, news media, … Continue reading

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Landmark Judgment Returns Bones to Tribes

California Kumeyaay Win the Dispute  The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California. The judgment means a landmark legal decision … Continue reading

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Is there a doctor in the house?

National Native American History Month: Less than one percent First daughter broke through a chunk of the glass ceiling in November—a tribute to her passion and persistence—and an important event tucked in the shadow of National Native American History month. … Continue reading

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Critters that watch over us

Bee Keeper You can take the ski lift to the top of Mount Washington in the summer-time on Vancouver Island. A quick trip aboard a jump-seat places you at 5200 feet (1590 meters) and presto: you can see 360-degrees in … Continue reading

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