Native Authenticity: Transnational Perspectives on Native by Deborah L. Madsen

By Deborah L. Madsen

A survey of present severe views on how North American indigenous peoples are considered and represented transnationally.

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By Deborah L. Madsen

A survey of present severe views on how North American indigenous peoples are considered and represented transnationally.

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In his 1981 essay, “Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism,” Ortiz links authenticity to identity as he articulates a further linked dynamic of community in Native narratives. He announces that authenticity is adaptable, deriving from the community effort to translate experience, ancient or modern, into a community aesthetic, into community terms. For Ortiz, a Southwestern author of poetry, fiction, and essays, authenticity arises out of people’s mouths, pens, typewriters, and computers: “the indigenous peoples of the Americas have taken the languages of the colonialists and used them for their own purposes” (10).

Womack, Craig. Red on Red: Native American Literary Separatism. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1999. 1 Questions about the Question of “Authenticity” Notes on Mo‘olelo Hawai‘i and the Struggle for Pono Paul Lyons We know that we are a distinct people that was once protected by its own government. We know that once that government was removed there was nothing to prevent the Americans from defining us however they wished, and nothing to keep us Hawaiian except our own determination. ” Democracy and “Authenticity” in Occupied Hawai‘i The democracy of colonies.

There is power in your voice” (“Huliau” 6). For Michael Puleloa, “ ‘Ōiwi offers Hawaiian people a chance to represent themselves in print. It’s our hale, a house that we have built. You know when you read ‘Ōiwi that you will find a real definition of what it means to be Hawaiian today and what it meant to be Hawaiian in the past. It also allows visitors the chance to find our hale and learn about who we really are. And it offers Hawaiian readers an opportunity to learn so much about themselves and about other Hawaiians, to see our diversity and our commonalities” (“Huliau” 10).

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