Walk a Mile in My Moccassins: an authoethnograpic examination of the discourse of authenticity as attached to three epistemologies
LameBull, Shawn Alan
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This dissertation is an examination of how epistemologies that I participate in that are mapped/mappable, in terms of authenticity, through three coordinates: the biological/political, the cultural and place. These coordinates are then processed through the interlocutor (in the case of this dissertation, the reader) who filters the data through the lenses of their positionality. This work necessarily recognizes that the interlocutors frames of reference are, like mine, shaped by their positionality. The three prime ethos/culture based epistemologies that are examined are the NDN (more commonly referenced as Native American), the United States Marine and the Academic. The analysis performed is done through my personal experiences, as processed through a number of theoretical frames. While this limits the scope of the work to my interactions through and within the epistemology, it also recognizes that these epistemologies are keys to formulating identities that are living, moving, contradictory shifting concepts. I conclude that the various Ideological State Appartatuses (Althusser) and Panoptic policing or disciplining discourses/structures (Foucault) that shape and authenticate these three discourses of authenticity are both internally contradictory and mutually contradictory in ways that illuminate several hegemonic processes at play in the contemporary US and NDN country. While recognizing the inherent limits of an autoethnographic methodology, I believe I have elaborated an approach that can be widely used in examining not only these three but other identity-based communities.