Double = Two or both or more than one
Consciousness = Knowledge, inside thoughts, reality, or awakeness (not a word, but I like it)
After defining this term, we talked about the ways in which we might be doubly conscious. You came up with:
Having two households (because of divorce)
Having to be or act one way at home and another way at work or school
Acting one way in front of adults versus with younger children or peers
Having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other
These are all good examples. We talked about Arnold Spirit's attendance at a non-rez school and how that will feel and be different than the school on the reservation. We split the term American Indian and talked about his demeanor as an Indian versus as an American. We will continue to see Arnold's struggle to negotiate the rules and expectations of these very different cultures as the book progresses.
Good work today!