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 pThis 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....
|Title||:||Native American Postcolonial Psychology|
|Number of Pages||:||246 Pages|
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Native American Postcolonial Psychology Reviews
Had I read this book while in university I probably would have remained a psychology major.
[Review_NativeAmericanPsychology]My entire perception of the Native Americans has been transformed by reading this book! We all know there were atrocities committed against the Native Americans generations ago but until I read this book and put myself in their shoes, I did not realize the full impact it would have had on a person or family. It was stated that the Native American population went from 10,000,000 in pre-colonial times to only 250,000 by 1900! The atrocities committed against them were compared to the Holocaust. In essence, over the years, acts carried out and crimes against the Native Americans was very much the same exact acts carried out by Hitler himself! The US military was ordered to relocate or exterminate as many Native Americans as possible. We stripped the Native Americans of their "life world". Meaning, their environment, their livelihood, their culture, their social status, their economic wealth, their roles and most devastatingly their families and children. Native Americans were forced to assimilate to the white colonial way of life. These atrocities have led to an intergenerational PTSD. The unresolved state of mourning and "carthexis" - where all of their bottled up rage, hostility and frustration which is their mental energy focused on a person, place or idea caused immense mental anguish that if left unresolved caused great mental despair and hostility that is turned back onto themselves or anything that reminds them of themselves and their perceived self worth. This grief, anger and mental anguish then carries down to multiple generations by way of observation, lifestyle, environment and abuse of not only family but alcohol. In a sense the alcohol became their anesthetic to take away the pain. Therapists who tried to help, do so in the white western philosophies of therapy. What they need is a therapist who understands, believes and practices the Native American philosophies where ones life has a balanced center and that is one with the earth. Overall a wonderful and educational read on understanding the history and it's effects on the Native American people for generations! Note, I do have to admit though, that the first 30 pages were very dry and hard to remain interested in the book.
This is an interesting read. Native Americans suffer from alcoholism, suicide, family and community problems which stem from PTSD due to longtime colonization. Native Americans internalize the oppressor, which leads them to violence such as child abuse and suicide. Since Native Americans view the world in harmony with the Earth and their cosmology is thus different from the Western one, the authors suggest intergrating Native American spiritual tradition into clinical approach when dealing with the aforementioned issues.
For anyone interested in learning about Native American psychology and the role of historical trauma on the Native American psyche, then read this book. Duran introduces the idea of the Spirit of alcohol and drugs and how one needs to redefine their relationship with these spirits in order to achieve recovery. He introduces the hybrid approach to substance abuse and mental health treatment, which combines traditional Native American healing modalities with conventional Western approaches with the goal of providing culturally competent care.
Read it. Articulates what you know about intergenerational trauma but didn't have the language to explain.