Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Little academic research exists of the American Indian takeover of the hamlet of Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973. This thesis is an analysis of the discourse of the Wounded Knee incident, which served dual purposes for the activists. First, American Indian discourse served as a reinforcing agent to American Indians, both at Wounded Knee and across the country. Second, the rhetoric was meant to effect change within the general American public. This thesis will adopt and expand on Randall Lake's 1983 theory of the consummatory function of rhetoric by dissecting the fascinating discourse that shaped the identity of the Wounded Knee incident and the public perception of American Indians and the American Indian Movement (AIM) during this era.
Consummatory; Discourse; Function; Instrumental; Knee; Militant; South Dakota; Wounded
Rhetoric; Political science
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Melchert, Lucie Moya, "Wounded Knee, 1973: Consummatory and instrumental functions of militant discourse" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1125.