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Medicine Ways
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Medicine Ways
Disease, Health, and Survival among Native Americans
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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.

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.

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  • 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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  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 1: Removing the Heart of the Choctaw People: Indian Removal from a Native Perspective
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 2: Blood Came from Their Mouths: Tongva and Chumash Responses to the Pandemic of 1801
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 3: In the fall of the year we were troubled by some sickness: Typhoid Fever Deaths at Sherman Institute, 1904
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 4: Blinded with Science: American Indians, the Office of Indian Affairs, and the Federal Campaign against Trachoma, 1924-1927
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 5: Infant Mortality on the Yakama Indian Reservation, 1914-1964
    Chapter 7
    Chapter 6: American Indian Views of Public Health Nursing, 1930-1950
    Chapter 8
    Chapter 7: Interpreting Ideas about Diabetes, Genetics, and Inheritance
    Chapter 9
    Chapter 8: The Embodiment of a Working Identity: Power and Process in Rarámuri Ritual Healing
    Chapter 10
    Chapter 9: Meeting the Challenges of American Indian Diabetes: Anthropological Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment
    Chapter 11
    Chapter 10: Pathways to Health: An American Indian Breast-Cancer Education Project
    Chapter 12
    Chapter 11: Cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Trouble with Numbers
    Chapter 13
    Chapter 12: The Origins of Navajo Youth Gangs
    Chapter 14
    Chapter 13: Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Despair: Identifying the Precursors to Indian Youth Suicide
    Chapter 15
    Chapter 14: Self-Sufficiency and Community Revitalization among American Indians in the Southwest: American Indian Leadership Training
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  • 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....
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