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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Nervous and Mental Disease
The greatest strength of this volume is its breadth, especially with regard to diversity of tribe, historical periods, types of illness, and disciplinary emphases....This volume will surely be of interest to those who would like a sample of the health issues plaguing American Indians from colonization and into the present day.
— Lori L. Jervis, (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Choice
This volume presents timely, authoritative, and chilling accounts of disease, death, and sociocultural devastation in Native American and Alaskan communities over the past 200 years.
— E. Wellin, (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Booknews
In Native cultures, health is often expressed as a balance between body, mind, and spirit or soul. At a philosophical level, physical wellness is related to cultural, political, and economic well-being. This is a philosophy that is frequently ignored, however, in theoretical perspectives and applied programs that attempt to address Native American health problems. This collection of essays examines the ways people from many indigenous communities think about and practice health care within historical and sociocultural contexts. Chapters explore solutions to the prevalence of medically identified diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, as well as Native-identified problems, such as forced evacuation, assimilation, and poverty. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal Of Nervous and Mental Disease - Lori L. Jervis
The greatest strength of this volume is its breadth, especially with regard to diversity of tribe, historical periods, types of illness, and disciplinary emphases....This volume will surely be of interest to those who would like a sample of the health issues plaguing American Indians from colonization and into the present day.
CHOICE - E. Wellin
This volume presents timely, authoritative, and chilling accounts of disease, death, and sociocultural devastation in Native American and Alaskan communities over the past 200 years.
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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Removing the Heart of the Choctaw People: Indian Removal from a Native Perspective 1
2 Blood Came from Their Mouths: Tongva and Chumash Responses to the Pandemic of 1801 16
3 "In the fall of the year we were troubled with some sickness": Typhoid Fever Deaths at Sherman Institute, 1904 32
4 Blinded with Science: American Indians, the Office of Indian Affairs, and the Federal Campaign against Trachoma, 1924-1927 52
5 Infant Mortality on the Yakama Indian Reservation, 1914-1964 76
6 American Indian Views of Public-Health Nursing, 1930-1950 95
7 Interpreting Ideas about Diabetes, Genetics, and Inheritance 108
8 The Embodiment of a Working Identity: Power and Process in Raramuri Ritual Healing 134
9 Meeting the Challenges of American Indian Diabetes: Anthropological Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment 163
10 Pathways to Health: An American Indian Breast-Cancer Education Project 185
11 Cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Trouble with Numbers 199
12 The Origins of Navajo Youth Gangs 222
13 Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Despair: Identifying the Precursors to Indian Youth Suicide 234
14 Self-Sufficiency and Community Revitalization among American Indians in the Southwest: American Indian Leadership Training 251
Index 273
About the Contributors 280
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