Native experience

More epic writing at the Magic Mulatto, this time by Ernest M. Whiteman III.  What follows is an excerpt from his essay on the appropriation of Native American experiences, “The Authorship of Expertise“:

“The Authorship of Expertise is the creation of that label of expert in certain situations and circumstances meant to protect one’s ego from fallibility. Where one’s credentials, one’s knowledge is given authority over entire Native societies. It can also help non-Natives lay claim to being part of the ‘Native Experience’ which they cannot attain by practical experience or by birth. I mean, who can blame them, who would willingly give up their good and comfortable lives to live on any Indian reservation?”

Check out the whole thing.


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