Native American Postcolonial Psychology

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SUNY Press, Mar 30, 1995 - Psychology - 246 pages
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This book shows that it is necessary to understand intergenerational trauma and internalized oppression in order to understand Native Americans today. It makes native American ways of conceptualizing the world available to readers.

This book presents a theoretical discussion of problems and issues encountered in the Native American community from a perspective that accepts Native knowledge as legitimate. Native American cosmology and metaphor are used extensively in order to deal with specific problems such as alcoholism, suicide, family, and community problems. The authors discuss what it means to present material from the perspective of a people who have legitimate ways of knowing and conceptualizing reality and show that it is imperative to understand intergenerational trauma and internalized oppression in order to understand the issues facing Native Americans today.

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I will be forever grateful to Dr.'s Mr. & Mrs. Duran for this compilation of work. I am first Generation from the Rez, and a survivor of political violence. Following the untimely death of my biological mother, my maternal grandparents and my siblings father were denied custody of me in the California family court, and if the information provided me is correct, my case saw supreme court. Having been born prior to ICWA-1978, location of my birth place, the era of my birth (1960's); it was decided being adopted into an American family was in my best interest. I have been denied access on three occasions by a judge of Merced County Court (the location of my original birth records & adoption); to my original birth records and the documented information describing my life prior to adoption, and my link to my people. My connection to my First Nation in B.C. Canada and the ability to reunite with my ancestral lands and family has been more than difficult. I was in my mid 20's when I realized I was experiencing a cultural identity crisis. I found answers to questions I couldn't identify & didn't even know I had until I read this masterpiece. I have since then begun work on a program to assist my generation to receive the assistance needed to reunify with the tribes and first nations we were isolated from as a result of misguided policies of generational era, of course developed in the best interest of the indigenous children removed & relocated often into entirely different cultures. I speak these words as an Indigenous woman and a survivor of Political Violence, not as a woman who is disrespecting the fine family who did raise me. I was blessed, education was valued in my adoptive family, thus it was in educating myself, I found this book. It was this book in particular that started me on the path I am on now. I am forever grateful for the clarity and peace I found in these pages. I only pray I will be successful in launching my program and that I will receive the support from our Government to assist my people. I am not angry, nor will the Government ever be able to replace all that was taken from me and my generation; but the support of my program is a good start in ensuring me and those like me, the government is truly remorseful and committed to neutralizing the mistakes of this era. I am not asking for hand outs, I am asking for the Government's support in variety of ways. I have done the work. I have studied for six years and am in the next few months submitting my work to various groups worldwide seeking support to launch my sustainable program. It's time...It's time I and those like me are supported with the services necessary to reunite and for me the final step in healing my spiritual wound. Thank your Dr.'s and Mr. and Mrs. Duran...Your work changed my life. Hell, it probably saved my life. Peace...BigMamaBlaze, Lake Cowichan First Nation, Vancouver Island B.C, Canada...2011 


Psychological Worldviews
The Vehicle
Theoretical Concerns
Clinical Praxis
The Spirit of Alcohol
Intervention with Families
The Problem of Suicide
Community Intervention

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About the author (1995)

Eduardo Duran is Director of the Family and Child Guidance Clinic and Bonnie Duran is Director of the Healthy Nations Project at the Urban Indian Health Clinic in Oakland, CA. 

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