Wellbeing considerations among selected North American Indian populations

Relationships, spirits and connections

Authored by: Lyle J. Noisy Hawk , Joseph E. Trimble

Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Wellbeing

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138909175
eBook ISBN: 9781351051262
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Most psychological research of American Indian/Alaskan Native racial/ethnic groups from which treatment methods are developed has been undertaken from the perspective of the majority population. This article offers a different approach, in which the author, a Native speaker of the Lakota language, presents a qualitative study examining how Lakota healers conceptualize wellbeing from their traditional perspectives. The aim of the study is to suggest the possibility of new frameworks for approaching the treatment of depression and suicide prevention in American Indian/Alaskan Native populations by evaluating mental health from a traditionalist perspective.

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