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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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Figure 2.1: Map provided by the National Park Service in a brochure it hands out to visitors: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, GPO: 2004–304-337/00130, reprint 2002 and 2007.

Figure 2.2: The Indian Memorial at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Warrior Markers can be seen in the lower right corner of the photo, along the walkway. Photo by author.

Figure 2.3: Original design for Spirit Warriors included in Indian Memorial design submitted by Towers and Collins. Design panel available at LBBNM Archive, located in the visitor center. Photo by author.

Figure 2.4: Spirit Warrior sculpture in the Indian Memorial. Photo by author.

Figure 4.1: “Geronimo, son and two picked braves. [With rifles; just before surrender on March 27, 1886.]” [Library of Congress]. ← vii | viii →

Figure 5.1: “Stopping the Black Snake.” Courtesy of Marty Two Bulls Sr.

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