Imagine a world in which people see themselves as embedded in the natural order, with ethical responsibilities not only toward each other, but also toward rocks, trees, water and all nature Imagine seeing yourself not as a master of Creation, but as the most humble, dependent and vulnerable part Rupert Ross explores this indigenous world view and the determination of indigenous thinkers to restore it to full prominence today He comes to understand that an appreciation of this perspective is vital to understanding the destructive forces of colonization As a former Crown Attorney in northern Ontario, Ross witnessed many of these forces He examines them here with a special focus on residential schools and their power to destabilize entire communities long after the last school has closed With help from many indigenous authors, he explores their emerging conviction that healing is now better described as decolonization therapy And the key to healing, they assert, is a return to the traditional indigenous world view The author of two previous bestsellers on indigenous themes, Dancing with a Ghost and Returning to the Teachings, Ross shares his continuing personal journey into traditional understanding with all of the confusion, delight and exhilaration of learning to see the world in a different way Ross sees the beginning of a vibrant future for indigenous people across Canada as they begin to restore their own definition of a healthy person and bring that indigenous wellness into being once again Indigenous Healing is a hopeful book, not only for indigenous people, but for all others open to accepting some of their ancient lessons about who we might choose to be....
|Title||:||Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths|
|Publisher||:||Penguin Canada First Edition edition May 20, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||344 pages|
|File Size||:||994 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Indigenous Healing: Exploring Traditional Paths Reviews
Wonderful healing suggestions for therapists and Indigenous people struggling with severe traumas
Indigenous Healing provides a long term and in-depth understanding of the destabilizing effects of colonization that cuts across generations of Native Americans, whether in Canada or the United States. Of particular salience is the impact of residential schools on children which destroyed their attachments to parents, families, communities, and culture. The impact is still far-reaching spreading sexual abuse, alcoholism, and depression throughout aboriginal reserves across Canada. The terror of residential schools was so profound, and its impact so broad, that some victims believe they developed a criminal (vs. religious) mentality that eventually acclimated them to prison environments which were experienced as more positive than the church schools. In essence, the boarding school experience was the equivalent of a concentration camp for children. No wonder the results can't be shaken easily and the impact continues generations later. Rupert Ross believes the answer is "decolonization therapy," a healing process that restores traditional indigenous beliefs, rituals, and ceremonies. Shamans would likely refer to the trauma of colonization as the equivalent of a soul loss, and the treatment requires a soul retrieval, a homecoming of sorts.