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Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric

Communicating Self-Determination

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Edited By Casey Ryan Kelly and Jason Edward Black

As survivors of genocide, mnemonicide, colonization, and forced assimilation, American Indians face a unique set of rhetorical exigencies in US public culture. Decolonizing Native American Rhetoric brings together critical essays on the cultural and political rhetoric of American indigenous communities, including essays on the politics of public memory, culture and identity controversies, stereotypes and caricatures, mascotting, cinematic representations, and resistance movements and environmental justice.

This volume brings together recognized scholars and emerging voices in a series of critical projects that question the intersections of civic identity, including how American indigenous rhetoric is complicated by or made more dynamic when refracted through the lens of gender, race, class, and national identity. The authors assembled in this project employ a variety of rhetorical methods, theories, and texts committed to the larger academic movement toward the decolonization of Western scholarship. This project illustrates the invaluable contributions of American Indian voices and perspectives to the study of rhetoric and political communication.

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This collection would not have been possible without the support and advice of Mary Stuckey. Although many of us who write about American Indian rhetoric had informally discussed assembling such a volume, it was Mary who suggested that we should take advantage of the fact that more and more scholars were conferencing and publishing excellent work in rhetorical studies on American Indians, Canadian First Nation peoples, Oceania, and other global indigenous communities. We imagined a book that would bring together senior scholars and emerging voices to bring attention to the innovative theory and criticism generated by scholars of indigenous rhetoric. Since the beginning, Mary’s expertise in both American Indian rhetoric and book publishing has made the process of assembling and editing this project as easy and painless as possible. We cannot adequately express our gratitude for Mary’s mentorship and support. We could not be happier publishing this book with Mary and Mitchell Mckinney’s Frontiers in Political Communication book series with Peter Lang.

We are also indebted to the colleagues who have inspired our research in American Indian rhetoric—several of whom honored us by agreeing to be a part of this book. These scholars include Cate Palczewski, Danielle Endres, John Sanchez, Oscar Giner, and Randy Lake. We would also like to thank all the authors in this volume for volunteering their extraordinary work; essays they could have published in academic journals but chose to commit to this project. The authors were extraordinarily diligent and...

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