A Land-Based Digital Design Rhetoric

Authored by: Kristin L. Arola

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138671362
eBook ISBN: 9781315518497
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315518497-20

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Abstract

A few years ago, my mom, a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community among other things, shared with me a link to the website The Ways: Stories on Culture and Language from Native Communities Around the Central Great Lakes. This website features videos and interactive maps that explore Native culture and language, primarily of the Anishinaabe peoples in the central and upper Great Lakes region. Upon first glance, I was hooked. I spent hours exploring videos and reading essays, all the while feeling a sense of comfort. Wandering through the site felt like wandering my family’s land on Lake Superior on a crisp autumn day. It’s as though I could feel the sandy ground beneath my feet and the smell of jack pines and moss in the air. My experience with The Ways was a felt sense of belonging to a land, of being of a people— it was a melding of content and form that felt like home (Figure 19.1).

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