Monday, May 23, 2005

Native Americans and Language

I am making an effort to resurrect my initial writing impulses I began rereading and expanding on my collection of Momaday and Silko materials.

I found many books, including a children's book by Momaday. I still find his discussions of identity and language powerful, metaphysical, and totally in line with my thinking. Language is more than a tool with which we communicate. Per Momaday, "Man" is made of words. The words and the stories are what we leave behind along of course with memories we make with people. Most of our identification comes from the tribes we belong to and those of us who do not feel as if we belong to any particular group or who feel as if we do not fit with any group can tell our stories as a way of creating our identity within the universe we inhabit.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Losing Books and Going Mad

Okay I 'm supposed to be reading for my projects and to develop the second summer session course and so I had a pile of books around. I stacked a few and put some on shelves. Now the Kingsolver book I was reading and the Antonio Gramsci Prison Notebooks have disappeared. I am retreating into old habits and can't seem to find the dang things. I suppose I'll have to clear out the offices before succumbing to buying new copies of the books. What ticks me off is that my lovely butterfly bookmark which was in High Tide in Tucson will be a casualty.

Nonetheless, planning for courses to be taught in the future has engaged my mind with ideas in the dissertation. This is good as it'll get me focused.

Paula told me my work seems to focus my mind and so I should really consider using work as a way out of the labyrinth I sometimes get lost in.

Tomorrow will respond to Rorty as means to get going on to intuitive knowing. Found an old Murphy book which addressed that and so I placed it among my history of rhetoric books.

More Later,

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Writing on the Blog to Clear the Mind

I have put off writing and reading for writing. However, I feel the main question I should ask myself is how do I now define transcultural rhetorics? To that end, I've been going over the texts that helped me during the dissertation. Native American studies had helped me stand back and see how the crossing and blending of cultures take place and though historically the ancient Greeks were evolving from a predominantly oral culture, they had writing available. The writing of many Native American tribes were not through the letters with which we are familiar, but pictographs that look very much like ancient writings in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Sumeria. So there were ways to write down some Native American ways of organizing their worlds.

More later.