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Writing about Crisis:

  1. 1. Writing about Crisis: <br />Creating Turning Points as an Educator of Native American Students<br />Shepard Symposium on Social Justice 2011<br /> Mary D. Wehunt<br />
  2. 2. This study demonstrates how auto-ethnography facilitates perceptual shifts that open creative pathways to fully understanding Native American learning styles. This presentation is an auto-ethnographic performance of one such turning point that took place while conducting research of Native American college students on the Wind River Reservation.<br />Witness* Embodied Listening* Sensual Tune-up*Relive Events* Internal Dialog* Critical Pedagogy*Mental Clarity by Willingness to be Confused andChallenged to Resolve Feelings of Incongruity*<br />
  3. 3. What do we mean by Crisis?<br />Defined as Juncture = a particular or critical moment in the development of events; crisisWebster’s New World Dictionary<br />
  4. 4. Narratives are shaped by history and institutional forces<br />Hegemonic structures become<br />naturalized and unresponsive<br />Makes the invisible visible<br />Selfhood feels under attack<br />Being in the present<br />Becoming <br />Mismatches in Ideology<br />
  5. 5. Ethnography is writing about people andrefers to methods of observation and data collection that maps the contexts of culture.<br />
  6. 6. If ethnography is fundamentally a theory of contexts then what is auto-ethnography?<br />And does it have a legitimate role in social action?<br />Auto ethnography maps personal contexts through storytelling that is partial and perspectival.<br />
  7. 7. Follow IRB Rules<br />Be Reflexive<br />“Autoethnography is . . . research, writing and method that connect the autobiographical and personal to the cultural and social. This form usually features concrete action, emotion, embodiment, self-consciousness, and introspection.”(Ellis 2004, xix)<br />
  8. 8. “Autoethnography is . . . a self narrative that critiques the situated-nessof self and others in social context.” (Spry 2001, p. 710)<br />
  9. 9. “Auto-ethnographic texts . . .democratize the representational sphereof culture by locating the particular experiences of individuals in tension with dominant expressions of discursive power.”<br /> (Neumann 1996, 189)<br />< A Critical Pedagogy > “Auto-ethnography is bothdial and instrument.”(Denzin & Giardino, 240)<br />
  10. 10. By exploring our inner selves through words and stories, we come to understand the "real" us that lives inside the body.<br /> <br />Thick description goes beyond what is visible to understand the things that people do: notice gestures, tone of voice, inconsistencies in arguments.<br />
  11. 11. A Balancing ActMake Connections, Gain Clarityand Change<br />
  12. 12. “Indigenous Peoples: A Decade for Action and Dignity” Poster of the Second International Decade of The World's Indigenous People 2010-2015<br />
  13. 13. Global, Creative, Reflective<br />
  14. 14. Embodied Listening<br />
  15. 15. References (1)<br />Denzin, N.K. (2007). The politics and ethics of performance pedagogy. In N.K. Denzin & M.D. Giardina (Eds.), Contesting empire, globalizing dissent: Cultural studies after 9/11. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.<br />Denzin, N.K. (2006). Analytic autoethnography, or déjà vu all over again. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 35(4) 419-428. 10.1177/0891241606286985<br /> <br />Ellis, C. (2004). The ethnographic i: A methodological novel about teaching and doing autoethnography. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira.<br /> <br />Gilliland, H. (1999). Growth through Native American learning styles. Teaching the Native American (4th ed.). IO: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.<br />
  16. 16. References (2)<br />Goodall, Jr., H.L. (2008). Writing qualitative inquiry:Self, stories, and academic life. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press Inc.<br /> <br /><br /> <br />Jones, S. H. (2005). Autoethnography: Making the personal political. The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (3rded). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.<br /> <br />Neumann, M. (1996). Collecting ourselves at the end of the century. In C. Ellis & A. Bochner(Eds). Composing ethnography: Alternative forms of qualitative writing, 172-98. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMiraPress.<br /> <br />Spry, T. (2001). Performing autoethnography: An embodied methodological praxis. Qualitative Inquiry 7,706-32.<br /> <br />