As with most anything about which I’ve written here, this isn’t ultimately an either/or dichotomy—we can and should find ways to hear Native American voices on their own terms, as I hope the conference will exemplify; but we can, I firmly and fully believe, also strive to create conversations in which no individual ethnic or cultural voices quite stand out, but rather many of them blend and interconnect and influence each other and form a cross-cultural dialogue that is, quite simply, American. More tomorrow,
1) A late 20th century philosophical take on the question of authenticity and identity: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/existentialism/#Aut
2) An interesting take on ethnicity, authenticity, and autobiographical life writing: http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/symp/p_o.htm
3) OPEN: What do you think?