Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
This thesis paper uses thematic analysis to find and report themes in the minority online community space of #NativeTwitter. Drawing from Lisa King’s theory of rhetorical sovereignty, this paper outlines how Indigenous people use Twitter to assert and take back control of their voices and images, as well as build community and connect with each other. This paper outlines three major themes within #NativeTwitter, as analyzed from a group of tweets pulled from the community from October 28-31st in 2018. The themes are: Calling out and Calling in, Community Building and Fostering Connection, and Cultural Preservation. Examples for each of these themes are analyzed in detail. The time frame of these tweets was chosen to show how this community functions in a time of stress, Halloween, when Indigenous images are used and exploited in the form of offensive costumes.
Schaelling, Carly, "Pretendians, Settler Collectors, and #NativeTwitter: Indigenous Rhetorical Sovereignty" (2020). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1489.
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