"MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WAS A CHEROKEE PRINCESS" ETHNIC BOUNDARIES IN POWWOW DISCOURSE

Guillermo Bartelt

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This ethnography of speaking offers an interpretive analysis of the cognitive and social functions of a discourse delivered publicly by the emcee of an American Indian dance gathering called powwow, during which assertions of a quasi-native identity made by white Americans are indirectly contested for not meeting specific expectations such as membership in an officially recognized Indian tribe.

 

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contested American Indian identity, rhetorical indirectness, ethnography of speaking

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