Mining the Native American Authored Works in HathiTrust for Insights

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  1. 1. Kun Lu

    University of Oklahoma, United States of America

  2. 2. Raina Heaton

    University of Oklahoma, United States of America

  3. 3. Raymond Orr

    University of Oklahoma, United States of America

  4. 4. Alyssa Vetter

    University of Oklahoma, United States of America

  5. 5. Ryan Dubnicek

    University of Illinois, United States of America

  6. 6. Isabella Magni

    Indiana University, United States of America

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Native Americans represent a historically under-resourced textual community. While there has been an ever-increasing number of Native authors creating works since the 1960s, no corpus of Native-authored works exists from which to draw insights about this particular community, and give them the recognition equal to other similar communities of practice (e.g. History of Black Writing1). In collaboration with the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) and with the support of a Scholar-Curated Worksets for Analysis, Re-use and Dissemination grant (SCWAReD2), we have created a preliminary database of Native-authored works, which allows us to use text mining techniques to reveal novel characteristics of this community, such as their identity, worldview, representation, and modes of expression. Text mining also offers a new approach to looking at the ways in which Native authors express themselves and how they may differ from other authors. For example, there is a common assertion that Native peoples forefront the natural world or communitarian relationships more so than non-Native authors (e.g. Schweninger, 1993; Weaver, 1997). Additionally, we are interested in the rhetorical characteristics of the Native American Studies academic genre as illustrated by corpora of Native Studies journals, and how these trends define the evolution of the discipline over time.

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Linguistics dissertations


Schweninger, L. (1993). Writing Nature: Silko and Native Americans as Nature Writers.
18(2), 47-60.

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Conference Info

In review

ADHO - 2022
"Responding to Asian Diversity"

Tokyo, Japan

July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022

361 works by 945 authors indexed

Held in Tokyo and remote (hybrid) on account of COVID-19

Conference website:

Contributors: Scott B. Weingart, James Cummings

Series: ADHO (16)

Organizers: ADHO