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ENGL 362: Native American Literatures: Digital Storytelling Project

Digital Storytelling Project

From your assignment: You will explore and formulate an informed opinion about the relationship of one zine, as compared to products of mainstream journalism on the same topic, to a concern of immediate political concern to Native Americans in this country. You will study the zine with an eye to its characteristics, its focus, and, ultimately, its purpose or function as text. You will then consider the zine in comparison to a sampling of topically related essays or articles (around 3) from the popular press.

Your analysis will culminate in an Atavist page, accompanied by a 5-minute presentation of your work. On Atavist, your written analysis should be accompanied by six "blocks" (minimum) of supporting media that contribute to your argument. Caption the media you use and cite your sources appropriately using MLA Style.

Note: Always check Moodle for the the most up to date information about the assignment.

Introducing Atavist

Atavist Logo


Atavist is an easy-to-use, multimedia publishing and storytelling tool that allows you to shape and enhance your project with a variety of title designs, visual themes, and drag and drop blocks of image, video, sound, maps, embedded content, and more. In ENGL 362, we will use this tool to house your zine projects.

  1. Create an Atavist account. Please use your Puget Sound email account when signing up.
  2. Prof. MacBain will add you to the ENGL 362 Atavist page prior to the library session.
  3. You'll be able to find the course page under "Profile & Publications" on the top right menu under your account.

Creating Your Project and Adding Blocks

To begin your project, give it a title and description, start from scratch or with a title design and theme.

Start Project



Your digital project must include, at minimum, six blocks of media content integrated with your narrative. "Blocks" can be images, slideshows, videos, maps, audio files, pull quotes, and more. Add blocks with the blue button on the left side of your project screen.

Add block


Edit your block with the attached toolbar.



Remember, DO NOT select "PUBLISH" unless you want your page to go public. 

Atavist Tutorials

Need help? Atavist has created detailed documentation for how to create, build, and design your project. Visit the help pages via the link below or check out a tutorial on YouTube.

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian
Schedule an appointment
tel: (253) 879-3672
office: Collins Library 140

If you can't find Katy, remember there are several ways to get help with your research

For immediate assistance, connect to our 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat service.

The Zines

For your digital storytelling and presentation assignment, your professor and librarian have identified a selection of zines related the themes of the course. Select one zine to analyze for your project.

Zines will be available during Prof. MacBain's office hours or by appointment.

  • Ancestral Pride: Everyone Calls Themselves An Ally It Is Time To Do Some Real Ally Shit
  • Ancestral Pride: When Being An Ally Turns Into Being An Appropriator [Settler Conduct and Self Check]
  • Colonization and Decolonization: A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century
  • Dispatches from Standing Rock: Against the Dakota Access Pipeline & its World
  • Going Places: Indigenous Resistance
  • Going Places: Powwow Country
  • Going Places: A Native American in education
  • Native American Feminist Musings: Empower Yourself Before You Wreck Yoself
  • Native American Feminist Musings: The Nizhoni Beat
  • Native American Feminist Musings: Shik'is ShiHeart
  • Native Resistance to Canada
  • Queer Indigenous Girl, Issue 1
  • Queer Indigenous Girl, Issue 2
  • Queer Indigenous Girl, Issue 3

News Databases

Use these databases to identify articles and essays within the independent and mainstream press.

A Note About Images

In addition to finding images through library resources like ARTstor, many digital images are available for study or educational purposes in other digital collections online. Always read and comply with the use restrictions for specific image sources. Images should be cited in all cases, even if the image is very small, or in the public domain. You may be able to find images for your project using the resources below.