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In Disciplined Hearts, O'Nell draws on recent anthropological theory to locate Flathead depression in the culturally organized experiences of an oppressed people. According to O'Nell, Flathead narratives of depression are tales in which narrators use their demoralization as a guide for modern Indian life. Underlying their tales, she says, is the dramatic assertion that depression is the natural condition of "real Indians"—those who have "disciplined" their hearts by recasting their personal sadness into compassion for others.
This rich account of family and community life describes the moral imagination with which Flathead Indian people weave together historical and personal loss, American Indian identity, and social responsibility. Based on her ethnographic and clinical work, O'Nell pinpoints American Indian depression within a complex interplay of cultural ideas of the self and the Indian family, emotion and ethnic identity, and historical relations between Indians and whites.
|Pt. I||History and Identity||15|
|1||Telling about Whites, Talking about Indians||19|
|2||The Making and the Unmaking of the "Real Indians"||45|
|Pt. II||Loneliness and Pity||75|
|3||Speaking to the Heart||79|
|4||Feeling Bereaved, Feeling Aggrieved, and Feeling Worthless||110|
|Pt. III||Loneliness and Depression||141|
|5||Speaking from the Heart||145|
|6||Culture and Depression||177|