The red road to wellness: cultural reclamation in a native first nations community treatment center.

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Source
Am J Community Psychol. 2011 Mar;47(1-2):187-202
Publication Type
Article
Date
Mar-2011
Author
Joseph P Gone
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 2239 East Hall, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1043, USA, jgone@umich.edu.
Source
Am J Community Psychol. 2011 Mar;47(1-2):187-202
Date
Mar-2011
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
This article explores how Native American cultural practices were incorporated into the therapeutic activities of a community-controlled substance abuse treatment center on a "First Nations" reserve in the Canadian north. Analysis of open-ended interviews with nineteen staff and clients-as contextualized by participant observation, program records, and existing ethnographic resources-yielded insights concerning local therapeutic practice with outpatients and other community members. Specifically, program staff adopted and promoted a diverse array of both western and Aboriginal approaches that were formally integrated with reference to the Aboriginal symbol of the medicine wheel. Although incorporations of indigenous culture marked Lodge programs as distinctively Aboriginal in character, the subtle but profound influence of western "therapy culture" was centrally evident in healing activities as well. Nuanced explication of these activities illustrated four contributions of cultural analysis for community psychology.
PubMed ID
21052824 View in PubMed
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