Medicine Ways: Disease, Health, and Survival among Native Americans / Edition 324

Medicine Ways: Disease, Health, and Survival among Native Americans / Edition 324

by Clifford E. Trafzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742502554

ISBN-13: 9780742502550

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Improving the dire health problems faced by many Native American communities is central to their cultural, political, and economic well being. However, it is still too often the case that both theoretical studies and applied programs fail to account for Native American perspectives on the range of factors that actually contribute to these problems in the first place.…  See more details below

Overview

Improving the dire health problems faced by many Native American communities is central to their cultural, political, and economic well being. However, it is still too often the case that both theoretical studies and applied programs fail to account for Native American perspectives on the range of factors that actually contribute to these problems in the first place. The authors in "Medicine Ways" examine the ways people from a multitude of indigenous communities think about and practice health care within historical and socio-cultural contexts. Cultural and physical survival are inseparable for Native Americans. Chapters explore biomedically-identified diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, as well as Native-identified problems, including historical and contemporary experiences such as forced evacuation, assimilation, boarding school, poverty and a slew of federal and state policies and initiatives. They also explore applied solutions that are based in community prerogatives and worldviews, whether they be indigenous, Christian, biomedical, or some combination of all three. "Medicine Ways" is an important volume for scholars and students in Native American studies, medical anthropology, and sociology as well as for health practitioners and professionals working in and for tribes.

Author Biography: Clifford E. Trafzer (Wyandot) is a professor of history and director of Native American Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Diane Weiner is a professional research anthropologist at the American Indian Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742502550
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Contemporary Native American Communities Series, #6
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Removing the Heart of the Choctaw People: Indian Removal from a Native Perspective1
2Blood Came from Their Mouths: Tongva and Chumash Responses to the Pandemic of 180116
3"In the fall of the year we were troubled with some sickness": Typhoid Fever Deaths at Sherman Institute, 190432
4Blinded with Science: American Indians, the Office of Indian Affairs, and the Federal Campaign against Trachoma, 1924-192752
5Infant Mortality on the Yakama Indian Reservation, 1914-196476
6American Indian Views of Public-Health Nursing, 1930-195095
7Interpreting Ideas about Diabetes, Genetics, and Inheritance108
8The Embodiment of a Working Identity: Power and Process in Raramuri Ritual Healing134
9Meeting the Challenges of American Indian Diabetes: Anthropological Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment163
10Pathways to Health: An American Indian Breast-Cancer Education Project185
11Cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Trouble with Numbers199
12The Origins of Navajo Youth Gangs222
13Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Despair: Identifying the Precursors to Indian Youth Suicide234
14Self-Sufficiency and Community Revitalization among American Indians in the Southwest: American Indian Leadership Training251
Index273
About the Contributors280

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