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The Autoethnography

Revealing Yourself From the Inside OutEmily K. Genser: West Hartford, CT Emily_genser@whps.org

Coates writes a letter to his son, which looks at his own youth as well as what it means to be a young Black man in today's society.

Tommy Orange focuses on the present identity of "urban Indians" and the clash of expectations in regards to present day Native Americans.

Gloria Anzaldua's How to Tame a Wild Tongue

Excerps from There, There by Tommy Orange

Anzaldua analyzes her own upbringing as a Mestiza/Chicana woman living in America and trying to find her space. She specifically focuses on language and how that can be a barrier and an access point between groups.

Texts to dive into

Excerpt from Between the World and Me: Ta-Nehisi coates

Autoethnography Assignment


  • Generate Idea: What is it like to be ... you?
  • Find artifacts (pictures/videos/drawings) that represent that aspect of you
  • Interview someone regarding this aspect of you (do they see you in the same way? Why/why not?)
  • If applicable, do research...How is this trait seen elsewhere? Are YOU what people expect?
  • Record presentation/write reflection paper

To write an auto-ethnography is to engage in a scientific study of yourself and your culture.

Autoethnography assignment