Do You Recognize Who I Am? Decolonizing Rhetorics in Indigenous Rock Opera Something Inside is Broken

  • Shannon Claire Toll University of Dayton
Keywords: Native American, Nisenan

Abstract

This article analyzes the decolonizing rhetorics displayed in the indigenous rock opera Something Inside is Broken, which toured California and the Southwest United States in the Fall of 2016. By applying LeAnne Howe's concept of tribalography, I discuss the decolonizing potential of this rock opera, focusing on the implementation of Nisenan oral tradition, history, and language in its libretto. This article includes links to songs from the production to allow the reader and listener to experience the music and Nisenan language featured in the opera.

Author Biography

Shannon Claire Toll, University of Dayton
Dr. Shannon Toll is an assistant professor of English, specializing in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of North America.
Published
2019-12-05
How to Cite
Toll, S. C. (2019). Do You Recognize Who I Am? Decolonizing Rhetorics in Indigenous Rock Opera Something Inside is Broken. Transmotion, 5(2), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.22024/UniKent/03/tm.575
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Articles