Under the Rattlesnake: Cherokee Health and Resiliency
Under the Rattlesnake: Cherokee Health and Resiliency

Under the Rattlesnake: Cherokee Health and Resiliency

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Overview

For the Cherokee, health is more than the absence of disease; it includes a fully confident sense of a smooth life, peaceful existence, unhurried pace, and easy flow of time. The natural state of the world is to be neutral, balanced, with a similarly gently flowing pattern. States of imbalance, tension, or agitation are indicative of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual illness and whether caused intentionally through omission or commission, or by outside actions or influences, the result affects and endangers the collective Cherokee.   Taking a true anthropological four-field approach, Lefler and her colleagues provide a balanced portrait of Cherokee health issues. Topics covered include: an understanding of the personal and spiritual impact of skeletal research among the Cherokee; the adverse reactions to be expected in well-meaning attempts to practice bioarchaeology; health, diet, and the relationship between diet and disease; linguistic analysis of Cherokee language in historical and contemporary contexts describing the relationship of the people to the cosmos; culturally appropriate holistic approaches to disease prevention and intervention methodologies; and the importance of the sacred feminine and the use of myth and symbolism within this matrilineal culture. All aspects—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—figure into the Cherokee concept of good health. By providing insight into the Cherokee perspective on health, wellness, and the end of the life cycle, and by incorporating appropriate protocol and language, this work reveals the necessity of a diversity of approaches in working with all indigenous populations.
CONTRIBUTORS Heidi M. Altman / Roseanna Belt / Thomas N. Belt / David N. Cozzo / Michelle D. Hamilton / Jenny James / Susan Leading Fox / Lisa J. Lefler / Russell G. Townsend

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817381585
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 09/14/2009
Series: Contemporary American Indian Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 182
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lisa J. Lefler is a Medical Anthropologist and Director of the Culturally Based Native Health Programs, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Carolina University, and a research associate at Wake Forest University. Susan Leading Fox is Deputy Health and Medical Officer for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Table of Contents

Contents List of Illustrations Foreword Introduction 1. Tohi: The Cherokee Concept of Well-Being 2. The Unintended Consequences of Prehistoric Skeletal Studies to Modern Cherokee Communities 3. Adverse Reactions: Practicing Bioarchaeology among the Cherokee 4. Historical Trauma, Stress, and Diabetes: A Modern Model among the Eastern Band of Cherokees 5. The Effect of Traditional Dietary Practices on Contemporary Diseases among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 6. The Sacred Feminine in Cherokee Culture: Healing and Identity References Contributors Index

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