In Indigenous cultures myth is a complementary religious element to ritual. Unlike in a Western worldview, in which myths are considered fallacies or fantasies that are opposed to linear fact, myths are accounts of actual interchanges between ancestors and other relevant persons accessed through ritual. Gunn Allen makes the distinction that the symbolism in tribal… Read More
This is where I write my diss. There are lots of spirit people about as you can see. Click it if you wanna come into my world of a lot of talking ancestors.
In Pueblo Gods and Myths, Hamilton A. Tyler asks, “Why do the Pueblos still dance? For whom do they dance? What do they mean by their dancing?” His examination of previous research revealed an obvious and conventionally satisfying answer: “For rain.” His response sheds light on the biased Western perspective in regard to Indigenous traditions,… Read More
When I get stuck in my writing it is because i have a traffic jam of thought in my head. But it is very hard to remember everything I have read and absorbed and very hard to be clear all the time of how it all comes together as a holism. Linear as this is,… Read More
Ok, this is what I am going to call “deep mining.” I have to “get” the connection between methodology, epistemology, ontology, axiology and the academic art of interpretation. Interpretation means who gets to decide on the narrative, who gets to decide on which version of the story guides the people, is relevant in the minds… Read More
This is a most bitchin’ quote from from Shawn Wilson who is an indigenous scholar. His work is informing my dissertation as I re-write my methodology and get my head blown. Now as you open your eyes, you can see all of the things that are around you. What you see is their physical form,… Read More