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  • Change of Heart

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    In his book Winterkill, Craig Lesley’s Umatilla/Nez Perce protagonist makes reference to the hairstyle of what he calls “the dreamers” who lived in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon where I went camping in the pine forests as a kid—the dream world where the now renowned Chief Joseph and his people raised appaloosas and watched… more

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  • Wild Abandon

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    I was surprised to learn of the growing hostility and discrimination against indigenous Irish Travellers — once known as Tinkers — to the degree it has in many respects come to resemble the 1960s Civil Rights struggle in the US. Travellers, as they refer to themselves, are neither Roma (Gypsies) nor foreign in either origin… more

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  • Transmitting Identity

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    In Transmitting Identity (International Journal of Communication 2008), Nancy Morris of Temple University examines the maintenance of collective identity through the broadcast medium of radio. Through her case study of how this backdrop to everyday life can suffuse culture and consciousness, Morris exposes the ability of radio to “fortify or counter existing identities”. As indigenous… more

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  • A Reckless Luxury

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    In the early years of post-communist totalitarianism in Central and Eastern Europe, brutal violence against ethnic minorities like the Roma (Gypsies) was almost commonplace. In Romania, for instance, police assisted murderous mobs — numbering in the hundreds — while they committed calculated attacks and arsons all over the country. The desire for ethnic cleansing was… more

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  • World of Denial

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    What is it about Spring that makes one ponder nuclear waste? Perhaps the warming weather and thoughts of sunny beaches on the Oregon Coast or the Irish Sea. Since 2005, when Juli Kearns published her exquisite essay Growing Up in the Shadow of Mt. Fuji, the illustrious editor of Idyll Opus Press and I have… more

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