Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness among Native by Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

By Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

Coming complete Circle is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationships among spirituality and overall healthiness in numerous modern Coast Salish and Chinook groups in western Washington from 1805 to 2005. Suzanne Crawford O’Brien examines how those groups outline what it capability to be fit, and the way contemporary tribal community–based healthiness courses have utilized this realizing to their missions and actions. She additionally explores how modern definitions, ambitions, and actions with regards to healthiness and therapeutic are knowledgeable through Coast Salish heritage and in addition via indigenous religious perspectives of the physique, that are in keeping with an realizing of the connection among self, ecology, and community.
Coming complete Circle attracts on a old framework in reflecting on modern tribal health-care efforts and the ways that they have interaction indigenous therapeutic traditions along twenty-first-century biomedicine. The booklet makes a robust case for the present shift towards tribally managed care, arguing that neighborhood, culturally certain methods of therapeutic and figuring out disorder needs to be part of modern local healthcare.
Combining in-depth archival learn, vast ethnographic participant-based box paintings, and skillful scholarship on theories of faith and embodiment, Crawford O’Brien bargains an unique and masterful research of latest local american citizens and their worldviews.

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Chapter 4 explores the history of religious change among Coast Salish communities from 1800 until the 1970s. I argue that while religious and healing traditions transformed over time, many of the central philosophical foundations and understandings of what it means to be a whole and healthy self remained very much the same. Chapters 5 and 6 present two contemporary case studies that illustrate this point: the Women’s Wellness Program at spipa and the story of the Shoalwater Bay tribal community.

4 A Middle Way: Symbols with Consequences, Bodies with Agency There are two important and interrelated issues here. The first concerns whether or not critical reflection upon why and how we think about the body as we do can be done without losing track of the body as a physical, material reality. The second is whether or not one can deconstruct the self, and its attendant personal and political identities, without stripping groups and individuals of the power to define themselves and so mobilize for change.

8 Part One As the dissection of cadavers came to be the source of information about living bodies, western medicine was fundamentally altered. ¹5 This view is useful when reflecting on the imposition of biomedicine on colonized peoples. Biomedicine was seen by colonial authorities as the only rational way to approach healing, a perspective entirely overlooking the fact that biomedicine itself was the product of a particular cultural moment. ¹6 This idea of the cultural construction of the body has been instrumental in challenging race- and gender-based biological determinism.

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