À bientôt

It is the closing of the semester, and a bitter sweet feeling, Alex and I have sprinkled the finishing touches onto our website, “Moment in Migration, Congolese Community in Kirksville, MO.” Over the winter break, we will be giving ourselves a much-needed reprieve from school.

However, COPLAC Cultural Crossroads class has been such a worthwhile endeavor, that we will say <<À bientôt>>, or “see you soon” instead of <<Au dieu>>, or a permanent goodbye. Alex and I would like to continue building our website as a community tool next semester. We plan on collecting more interviews, both in English and in French. Something that we have learned from this process is that building something amazing is a community effort. In the future, we also hope to involve one of the French translation classes in building a French version of our website in order to increase its audience range.

We look forward to improving and updating our website next semester. Until then, see you soon.

 

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Midwestern State Project Comments, Issues that need addressing. 

— Beginning of week Sixteen —

What follows is a perusal of the project website and editorial comments. Most of these things must be corrected (Grammar, spelling, or punctuation for example) though some things are optional (prose or esthetic issues).

Comments here are from Dr. Dunn…

Home page

  • THIS PROJECT’S GOAL IS TO IDENTIFY WHERE THE WICHITA INDIANS RESIDED BEFORE THE 20TH CENTURY IN RELATION TO THE TEXAS NORTHERN FRONTIER IN ORDER TO DOCUMENT THEIR MIGRATION PATTERN, ONE THAT CHANGED DRASTICALLY THAT DRASTICALLY CHANGED OVER TIME.
  • THINK ALONG THESE LINES ^ AS FAR AS EDITORIAL AND COMPOSITION EDITS AND STREAMLINING GO.
  • AN IMPORTANT QUESTION TO CONSIDER IN REGARDS TO MIGRATION IS WHAT AND HOW THE TERM MIGRATION IS DEFINED.
  • THIS IS AN EXTREMELY LONG SENTENCE – CAN YOU BREAK IT UP? “SUCH FACTORS CAN INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE SETTLEMENT OF A NEW, MORE POWERFUL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS INTO AN AREA WHERE A LESS POWERFUL GROUP CURRENTLY LIVES AND FORCES THE WEAKER GROUP TO MOVE ELSEWHERE, THE CLIMATE IN REGARDS TO GOVERNMENT FACTIONS AND INFLUENCES THAT MAY AFFECT A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS, INTRASTATE OR CIVIL WARS, OR SIMPLY ENVIRONMENTAL LIMITATIONS OR CHANGES.”

THE WICHITA INDIANS PAGE

  • This cultural tie to the Caddoan language was not unique sole to the Wichita;
  • Often referred to as the “Grass-house People”, the Wichita [ The comma should be placed inside of the quotation – “Grass-house People,” ]
  • What is the attribution for the grass-house photographs? The other photographs on the page?
  • Check your footnote formatting against the specs in this online chicago manual of style (they are incorrect): https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/

Identification of the wichita subpage

  • Attribution for the three maps?

Identifying Forced Migration page

  • In the StoryMapjs, check the spelling of relocated in slide titled, “the whichita and associated tribes are rellocated.”

Patterns of migration subpage

  • if you enlarge the map it is much easier to navigate and simply to see – include that in the instructions.

Significance of the northern frontier page

  • Such cities include the cities of Abilene, Brownwood, Dallas, Grand Prairie, San Angelo, Sherman, and Wichita Falls.
  • Your heading: WHAT IS IT’S SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS? [ Better to write,…what is the frontier’s significance to Wichita Falls? ]
  • State’s significance to migration subpage [Better to write…The significance to migration of the states…]

    Photographs page

  • These photographs need some type of attribution.

Portraits of the wichita subpage

  • Can you provide some text here that explains what you find most important about these images?
  • attribution needed.

This is very nicely rendered.

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Project Presentations: Part Three, Reactions

— End of week Fifteen —

This week has ended on a wonderfully positive note; my presentation has been given, therefore the most nerve wracking component of the course has been completed. I’m very grateful to have had the support of all my friends and family, and even those who took the time to view my project when I presented on Thursday. To be quite honest, I was incredibly nervous to present although I was in a room all alone, and everyone else was in their respective locations. That’s the weird thing about this class; a majority of the people who I have met through this course will never meet me face to face since this class was indeed digital. I never saw myself taking a course like this, because it definitely put me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to get into the routine of logging into class and getting acquainted with people from across the country through Zoom, including my professors.

Since I shared my script with you all the day of my presentation (Thursday, Nov. 30) you all know exactly what I said and what the presentation entailed: simply explaining the importance of the research and the purpose of the website. Ultimately, the experience within itself was a remarkable one, since I finally got to share with everyone what I had been working on so diligently all semester long. To my surprise, my university President Dr. Shipley tuned into the Zoom session to view my work. Her overall presence and support really did help a lot, but it also added to my nerves.

My presentation ran smoothly, I didn’t exceed my time limit of 15 minutes, and I had enough time to discuss questions if my classmates or anyone else had them. I was relieved no one asked me where my partner was; I was worried I’d have to explain that I was doing this project alone, although I was never sure how I would express that part of the experience to someone since I didn’t want to share information that was not mine to share. The person who had been assigned as my partner of course has the right to keep that part private since it was part of his experience. But all in all I would like to think the presentation went well. All I have left to do is make the changes to the website Dr. Dunn will suggest in the next few days to come, and submit the final website on Monday Dec. 11 for grading purposes. We shall see how this goes, and I look forward to working on the site to improve it in the next few days to come.

Until next time, Maria.

Please feel free to take a look at the digital COPLAC contract, which I have taken the time to perfect it from its initial form and includes a formal research proposal as well.

Here you will find my working thesis: “The Native American group known as the Wichita Indians suffered through immense forced migration during the 19th and 20th century due to Anglo – American influences in Northern Texas; hence the lack of current representation in places such as Wichita Falls, Texas.”

Until next time, Maria.

Link to MWSU Project Site.

Bibliography

COPLAC Contract.

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