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ERIC Number: EJ841541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
Missed by the Mass Media: The Houma, Pointe-au-Chien, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Collins, Robert Keith
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v32 n2 p43-53 2008
This case study investigates the media discourse from Houma and Pointe-au-Chien tribal leaders in Louisiana on their experiences with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. One section briefly engages the discourse as discernable from the reports found in Native American and non-Native American news media. Included is a brief yet close examination of these media reports and interviews that occurred shortly after Katrina and Rita struck, as well as discourse from the Web sites of the Houma and Pointe-au-Chien nations. The analysis is then followed by a discussion of the similarities and differences in experiences with Katrina and Rita and the implications that the reports and interview discourse hold for the central questions of this study. The findings presented here are part of a newly established comparative study of the relationships between mass media coverage and Native American and African American concerns. The focus will be on the narrative discourse given by Houma and Pointe-au-Chien tribal leaders, so that the study of this relationship is more amenable to ethnographic description and future investigation of the experiences and concerns of tribal leaders from other Native American nations in Louisiana. (Contains 38 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana