Jaquetta Shade-Johnson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a Cobell Scholar. She earned her doctorate in Rhetoric and Writing with a concentration in cultural rhetorics and a focus in American Indian rhetorics from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University in August 2018. In her dissertation, Wishi Stories: Rhetorical Strategies of Survivance and Continuance in Oklahoma Cherokee Foodways, Jaquetta uses oral history, embodiment, land-based knowledge, and archival research methods to argue that the everyday, embodied practices of foraging and cooking wishi (hen-of-the-woods mushrooms) in her tribal community are decolonial strategies for the survivance of colonial food systems and the continuation of cultural traditions. She serves on the editorial collective for Spark: a 4C4Equality Journal, a digital, open-access, peer-reviewed journal addressing activism in writing, rhetoric, and literacy studies.
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