On October 23, 2013, Elissa Washuta published a reflective article in Salon where she expresses regret wearing a sexy Native American costume when she was younger. She uses the moment to freeze and dissect a chapter in her wandering evolution as a scholar and human living as a Native woman.

Some days, my students’ eyes widen as they spot instances of sexual colonization in scenes that would have looked like romance before the quarter started. Those days, I think I’m changing the world. Other days, like the day I noticed that someone had found my blog by searching for “Pocahontas tentacle rape,” I feel like nothing has changed.

Elissa Washuta,  https://www.salon.com/2013/10/23/i_regret_my_naughty_native_halloween_costume/

She later goes on to publish a deeper work exploring her sense of identity, My Body is a Book of Rules the following year.

Book Title: My Body is a Book of Rules 

Book Author: Washuta, Elissa 

Dewey Decimal Call Number: 970.004 W 2018

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