American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance: Word Medicine, Word by Ernest Stromberg

By Ernest Stromberg

American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance provides an unique serious and theoretical research of yank Indian rhetorical practices in either canonical and formerly missed texts: autobiographies, memoirs, prophecies, and oral storytelling traditions. Ernest Stromberg assembles essays from a variety of educational disciplines that examine the rhetorical suggestions of local American orators, writers, activists, leaders, and intellectuals.

The members ponder rhetoric in huge phrases, starting from Aristotle's definition of rhetoric as “the college . . . of researching within the specific case what are the on hand technique of persuasion,” to the ways that local american citizens assimilated and revised Western rhetorical techniques and language to shape their very own discourse with eu and American colonists. They relate the facility and use of rhetoric in treaty negotiations, written bills of historical conflicts and occasions, and ongoing kinfolk among American Indian governments and the us.

This is a groundbreaking assortment for readers drawn to local American matters and the examine of language. In proposing an exam of previous and current local American rhetoric, it emphasizes the necessity for a better figuring out of multicultural views.

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Thus Apess would have been aware of the “errand” that Bercovitch discusses above, the Puritan sense of their own mission to found a superior society. I am suggesting here that he made use not only of the content of Puritan historical writings but also of their rhetorical techniques, adapting these for Indian purposes. As a Christian, Apess would have shared the most universally applicable of Puritan ideals, and as an American, he would have shared their faith that society could move toward these ideals.

Furthermore, if their actions really were justified, one would expect, as Apess ironically observes, that the Indians would now all be gone—but the very fact that he is speaking today refutes that claim.

Whites typically understood Indians’ “red” complexions and “primitive” customs as environmentally determined and reversible, unlike blacks who were more often considered irredeemable. Indeed, on several occasions, Thomas Jefferson even advocated intermarriage with Indians, along with programs in “civilization,” to speed the process of uplift and assimilation—”Your blood will mix with ours; and will spread, with ours, over this great island,” he told Indian audiences (McLoughlin 34). 4 26 MATTHEW DENNIS From Red Jacket’s own words, we similarly observe no sense of a racial fault line between his people and white Americans, certainly nothing like the one that racist whites were constructing to separate whites from African Americans.

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