Tag Archives: native american heritage month

Dammit, Jim, I’m a Doctor, Not a Scientist

The refrain from the original Star Trek physician, Bones, has arisen like Lazarus from the mortuary of old TV shows. But this time it’s politicians. When asked their opinions of, say, climate change, politicians of late have demurred. “I’m not … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, framing, Indian, journalism, Native Science, science, science communication, writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in american indian, Geronimo, Indian, Indian relocation, Indian remains, manifest destiny, native american, native press, Native Science, Redskins, repatriation, rhetoric, writing | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Just one more relic

Just one more relic lost to collectors. That’s what I thought when I read the Facebook posts by American Indian bloggers and activists about the sale of Hopi objects at an auction in Paris in December. Just one more mask. … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, framing, Hopi masks, Hopi masks at Paris auction, Indian, journalism, Native Science, science, science communication, writing | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Honoring John

November honors the indigenous people of North America and many of us have been sharing memories to position Native issues at the center of discussion. Turning the final page of the calendar marked a transition for my relative John Artichoker, … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, framing, Indian, journalism, Lakota, Native Science, Osage, writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Think before you tweet

The headline reads: Cher blasts Thanksgiving. The celebrity apparently tweeted the holiday signals the devastation of Indian peoples. So she doesn’t honor the holiday. When I was in high school I shared her feelings. I rejected materialism, capitalism, marriage—and anything … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, Indian, native american, native press, Native Science | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Justice? It depends

Scholars have long debated the tenets that underpin justice. Interesting that a word we take for granted—justice—would roll over like a tumbleweed, subject to interpretations. Definitions have emerged from many quarters—from St. Augustine, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Emmanuel Kant, Jeremy … Continue reading

Posted in Indian, Native Science, science, science communication | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

When words aren’t what they seem

How fortuitous that Native American Heritage Month comes at a time when I’ve been invited to write a book chapter about my work in Native Science. Below I’ve woven together words that describe what I do for the book’s editors … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, ethics, framing, human origin, Indian, Kennewick Man, NAGPRA, native american, Native Science, neuroscience, repatriation, salmon, science, science communication | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Depends where you look

I realize talking with relatives who live on the rez that it all depends on your perspective. The path differs from one intersection to the next. For example, elderly relatives were dissuaded in their youth from showing segments of their … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, Indian, native american, native press, Native Science, Osage | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Return to tradition

We arrived just in time for the last few songs at a November gathering in Gray Horse under the scaffold of the newly built roundhouse. Drummers kept a beat while dancers circled under the arbor as a cool breeze invited … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, Indian, Indian relocation, journalism, Kennewick Man, Lakota, native american, native press, Native Science, writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment