Ethnicity Studies · Native American Studies · Writing

The Violence of Language

In the fifth chapter of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza she features, among others, this epigraph: Who is to say that robbing a people of its language is less violent than war? — Ray Gywn Smith In light of my last post, and Zitkala-Ša’s definition of language as a convenience, Anzaldúa’s words offer quite a…… Continue reading The Violence of Language

Ethnicity Studies · Native American Studies

“Language is only a convenience”: Zitkala-Ša and Empowerment Rhetoric

Zitkala-Ša, a staunch advocate for the rights of Native Americans in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, said,We sometimes think we cannot speak the English language well and we cannot talk in the conference. That is not it. You can tell us what is in your heart. Use the words that are put in  your…… Continue reading “Language is only a convenience”: Zitkala-Ša and Empowerment Rhetoric