Studies of modern Native Americans have shown that “historical trauma,” the name that social workers give to the perception of historical loss passed down through generations, has been linked to symptoms of emotional distress like anger, anxiety, substance abuse, and even depression. Waln remembers grappling with these manifestations even as a child. “It was very confusing to me,” he says. “I was wondering why I was struggling with depression all the time, why I had suicidal thoughts, why the suicide rate was so high on our reservation. I was very insecure.”
Thanks for this!
This area of need has been put under the nation’s rug for way too long!
The abuse that happened in the boarding schools much less the whole history of the First Nation people since the colonization of
I think sadly of Michael Dorris who died too soon
He was a wonderful writer
Please send this to Sherman Alexi
he his the only other – not including Standing Rock folk- First Nation person that I am aware of that has some influence in the world as it is
Also a shut out to the memory of Jim Thorpe
May MIA and others join with the First Nation people’s and all of the disenfranchised groups in our country to help advocate for help for the hurting in all ways shape and form
My patriarchical mind set betrayed me!
Louise Erdrich has written many beautiful novels on her First Nation life and culture
She was also the wife of Michael Dorris
She too should be made aware