113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Indigenous Literatures and Cultures II

Session Chair: 
Theresa Warburton, Western Washington University
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Skyline III (PH-ET)


  1. Nicole Bennett, California State University, Long Beach
    This paper identifies the instances of appropriation and disposal that occur when Native narratives and the mainstream intersect and analyzes how the results can affect Native characters. It also shows how Alexie engages with the problem of mainstream representation in order to create alternative perspectives that extend beyond the Native stereotypes propagated by Hollywood, instead offering his audience characters who value their own narratives and the narratives of others.
  2. Laura De Vos, University of Washington - Seattle
    This paper explores possible pathways for a decolonial approach to the study of history and knowledge offered in and by the Native American novel. Rooted in an epistemology based in reciprocity, relationality, and responsibility, the Native American novel in English is a contemporary cultural object that translates indigenous storytelling traditions and ways of knowing into a Western framework. It generates a decolonial entry in historical studies and imagines decolonial options for the future.
  3. Margarida Duque de Castela , Independent Scholar
    This paper explores the ways in which native cultures that has been experiencing extremes forms of domination are resisting dsappearance through the digital technologies. How does the digital revolution help us rethink issues of identity, representation and dominance? In what ways do the ludological aspects of "Never Alone" and storytelling devices reflect the will of survival of Native American Cultures?
  4. Claudia Arteaga, Scripps College
     This paper studies two documentaries as recent developments of indigenous cinema in Peru. It argues that these projects reflect on issues of ethnic identification currently in contentious debate as a consequence of the enactment of ILO's Convention 169 in that country. 
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