In this Book

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For the Cherokee, health is more than the absence of disease; it includes a fully confident sense of a smooth life, peaceful existence, unhurried pace, and easy flow of time. The natural state of the world is to be neutral, balanced, with a similarly gently flowing pattern. States of imbalance, tension, or agitation are indicative of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual illness and whether caused intentionally through omission or commission, or by outside actions or influences, the result affects and endangers the collective Cherokee.
 
Taking a true anthropological four-field approach, Lefler and her colleagues provide a balanced portrait of Cherokee health issues. Topics covered include: an understanding of the personal and spiritual impact of skeletal research among the Cherokee; the adverse reactions to be expected in well-meaning attempts to practice bioarchaeology; health, diet, and the relationship between diet and disease; linguistic analysis of Cherokee language in historical and contemporary contexts describing the relationship of the people to the cosmos; culturally appropriate holistic approaches to disease prevention and intervention methodologies; and the importance of the sacred feminine and the use of myth and symbolism within this matrilineal culture. All aspects—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—figure into the Cherokee concept of good health. By providing insight into the Cherokee perspective on health, wellness, and the end of the life cycle, and by incorporating appropriate protocol and language, this work reveals the necessity of a diversity of approaches in working with all Indigenous populations.

CONTRIBUTORS
Heidi M. Altman / Roseanna Belt / Thomas N. Belt / David N. Cozzo / Michelle D. Hamilton / Jenny James / Susan Leading Fox / Lisa J. Lefler / Russell G. Townsend

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Tohi: The Cherokee Concept of Well-Being
  2. pp. 9-22
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  1. 2. The Unintended Consequences of Prehistoric Skeletal Studies to Modern Cherokee Communities
  2. pp. 23-28
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  1. 3. Adverse Reactions: Practicing Bioarchaeology among the Cherokee
  2. pp. 29-60
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  1. 4. Historical Trauma, Stress, and Diabetes: A Modern Model among the Eastern Band of Cherokees
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. 5. The Effect of Traditional Dietary Practices on Contemporary Diseases among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  2. pp. 79-101
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  1. 6. The Sacred Feminine in Cherokee Culture: Healing and Identity
  2. pp. 102-124
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  1. References
  2. pp. 125-156
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 157-159
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 161-166
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817381585
Related ISBN
9780817355296
MARC Record
OCLC
609852643
Pages
182
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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