Book details

Publication date: July 2019
Features: 62 B&W photographs, 7 diagrams, 5 maps, notes, bibliography
Series: Patterns of Northern Traditional Healing Series
Keywords: Traditional Knowledge / Well-being / Health
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, Traditional Knowledge / Well-being / Health, MEDICAL / Healing, HISTORY / Native American, Traditional Knowledge / Well-being / Health, Complementary therapies, healing & health, History of the Americas, History of specific lands, Indigenous Studies, Oral History, Anthropology, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Authors, Arctic
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Leslie Main Johnson is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Athabasca University. She is an ethnographer and ethnobiologist who has worked with Indigenous peoples in northwestern Canada since the 1980s.

"[Wisdom Engaged] gives compelling evidence that Indigenous health is fundamentally tied to land, language, and culture…. Wisdom Engaged shows that decolonisation means a return to Indigenous peoples of the power they once had over their own health and well-being. This is a crucial first step on the long road to reconciliation.”

Jeff Kochan, Canadian Dimension Magazine

"This text will be of value to novice readers seeking an entry point to learn more about indigenous traditional healing practices. Summing Up: Recommended."

S. Perreault, CHOICE Magazine

"These crucial studies provide a base of evidence for how people want to live rather than being dictated to by industrial interests in their homelands. They provide a rich vision of a lived environment."

Robert Wishart, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Acknowledgements xi
i Contexts and Holistic Approaches to Northern Community Well-Being
1 Traditional Knowledge, Healing, and Wellness 3
An Introduction
Leslie Main Johnson
2 Making and Taking Medicine 21
Indigenous and Western Therapeutics in an Early Contact Eastern
Mackenzie Delta Society, 1858–1920
Walter Vanast
3 Illness and Power in Times of Contact 51
Gitxsan and Witsuwit’en Narratives of Healing
Leslie Main Johnson
4 “Our Food Is Our Medicine” 85
Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Plant Foods for Health and Well-Being
in the Canadian North and Alaska
Nancy J. Turner
5 Cranberries Are Medicine 117
Monitoring, Sharing, and Consuming Cranberries in Fort McKay
Janelle Marie Baker and the Fort McKay Berry Group
6 Huckleberries, Food Sovereignty, Cumulative Impact, and Community Health 143
Reflections from Northern British Columbia, Canada
Leslie Main Johnson, Darlene Vegh, and Ruby E. Morgan
7 Conditions for Well-Being 175
Sustainatibily of an Inuit Subsistence System in a Globalized World
Keiichi Omura
8 Inuvialuit Nautchiangit, Relationships between People and Plants 201
A Project to Document Traditional Plant Knowledge
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
9 Community Context, Research Methods, and Cultural Ethics in the Plants for Life Project, Délı̨ne ̨ 207
Christopher Fletcher
10 Life Transformation and Volunteerism in Teetł’itZheh 229
Pathway to Community Well-Being
Thea Luig
ii Northern Community Voices on Wellness
11 Sip’xw Hligetdin 249
Demonstrating the Strength, Education, Readiness, and Responsibility to Speak in the Feasthall
Art Mathews, Sim’oogit T’enim Gyet
12 Seaweed Harvesting and My Uncle’s Stories 263
Della M. Cheney, Stakawas, Katsawa
13 Life at Moose Lake 275
Traditional Life in Fort McKay Territory and the Impacts of Oil Sands Mining
Celina Harpe-Cooper
14 Health Is Living Well According to Kaska Values 289
Kaska Women’s Words
Linda G. McDonald and Mida Donnessey
15 Wisdom for Well-Being 307
Gwich’in Elders’ Teachings
Mary Teya, Annie B. Gordon, Mabel English, and Alestine Andre
16 Healing and Spiritual Knowledge of Délı̨ne and Plants for Life 341
Morris Neyelle and Bernice Neyelle
17 Words of a Traditional Healer from Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories 361
Robert Beaulieu
18 Pathways and Choices 379
Concluding Words
Leslie Main Johnson
Contributors 395
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