“Indigenous Textuality Studies and Cherokee Traditionalism: Notes Toward a Gagoga Rhetoric”

Teuton, Christopher B. “Indigenous Textuality Studies and Cherokee Traditionalism: Notes Toward a Gagoga Rhetoric,” Textual Cultures, Indiana University Press, Volume 6, Number 2 (2011): 133-141.

The center of this book examines four key works of contemporary American Indian literature by N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, Ray A. Young Bear, and Robert J. Conley. Through a textually grounded exploration of what Teuton calls the oral impulse, the graphic impulse, and the critical impulse, we see how and why various types of contemporary Native literary production are interrelated and draw upon long-standing indigenous methods of creative representation. Teuton breaks down the disabling binary of orality and literacy, offering readers a cogent, historically informed theory of indigenous textuality that allows for deeper readings of Native American cultural and literary expression.