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ERIC Number: EJ1009911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Indigenizing the Rhetoric and Public Address Classroom: "Memory" as a Native American Discursive Tactic
Black, Jason Edward
Communication Teacher, v27 n1 p21-28 2013
This essay derives from a course called ‘"The Rhetoric of Native America,’" which is a historical-critical survey of Native American primary texts. The course examines the rhetoric employed by Natives to enact social change and to build community in the face of exigencies. The main goal of exploring a native text (particularly, Simon Pokagon's [Pottawotamie] "Red Man's Greeting." 1893) for the use of memory is to allow students both to reflect on the ways that native argumentation functioned in the face of governmental dominance and to gauge the ways that native narratives served to build community and resituate identities. This activity unfolds in three steps: (1) the concept of memory is discussed first; (2) brief details of Pokagon's discourse and context are explored; and (3) students are asked to convene in small groups and analyze the ways that memory functions in Pokagon's speech. The objective is to assist students in gaining a better appreciation for Native American communication and culture by introducing Native American discourse into the rhetoric and public address classroom through analyses that attend to memory as a tactic. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Language: English
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