Towards a cultural rhetorics maethodology: Making research matter with multi-generational women from the Little Traverse Bay Band

Andrea M. Riley Mukavetz

Abstract


In this article, I re-tell research stories from two long-term oral history projects with a group of multi-generational Odawa women who live and work in Lansing, Michigan. These research stories illuminate that relationships are central to the oral history projects as well as my scholarly practice as a cultural rhetorician and community-based researcher. I describe how I enacted relationality and there-ness as cultural rhetorics practices at different stages of the project: organizing the oral history project, transcription, and analysis. I argue that these practices can be used for intercultural research to create a personal and communal approach to enacting respect, responsibility, reciprocity, and accountability. In fact, a cultural rhetorics approach to intercultural research expands the possibilities for what it looks like to work across cultural communities and further develops a language to talk about how researchers are ethical and accountable to their participants and disciplinary communities.

Keywords


cultural rhetorics, indigenous rhetorical practices, community-based research, American Indian women

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