'Indigenized Self: A Healing Journey' is a major segment of my personal life story. I have not revealed every detail of my life story as I have not dealt with all aspects of my healing and some remain too painful to write about or discuss in such public detail. However, this is a detailed account of many traumatic and wonderful events in my life that have lead up to my embarking on a healing journey. I explore the history of education in Alaska as it was introduced to Alaska Natives. I try to comprehend why my Inupiaq mother never taught me her first language and why she gave up so much of her fine heritage. Being a part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act as an enrolled Alaska Native and member of a board of directors for a village corporation has been an educational experience. While it has been rewarding and full of political decisions, it has not always been compatible with traditional Alaska Native values. It is said that people must share their healing experiences with others to maintain their gift of healing. 'Indigenized Self: A Healing Journey' is a way of sharing my gift of healing.
Thesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2003
Table of Contents
Introduction: The assimilation syndrome -- Statement of problem: A. Assimilation policy-ANCSA; B. Corporation assimilation-ANCSA; C. Shaming -- My story: a healing journey -- On doing research -- Elders of Alaska -- Alaska Native values -- Spirituality -- Reconnecting to sacred places -- Medicine plants -- A story dress: how do we heal? -- Conclusions: sources of healing and indigenization: A. Traditional clothing; B. Healthy organizations; C. Recommendations for Bean Ridge Corporation; D. Talking circles; E. Spirit of the river; F. Elders; G. Education recommendations -- Bibliography and suggested reading.
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