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2005

Medicine and Health Sciences

Carroll College

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The Sacred Circle And The Four Directions In American Indian Healing: A Historical Analysis, Lindsay Tompkins Apr 2005

The Sacred Circle And The Four Directions In American Indian Healing: A Historical Analysis, Lindsay Tompkins

Nursing Undergraduate Theses

American Indian people of North America have a unique and varied history perpetuated through oral tradition and legend. These traditions continue to remain a strong part of the present way of life for these people in spite of 500 years of European colonization, expansion, assimilation and outright genocide. Numerous deleterious effects resulting from European contact currently plague an estimated 2,448,000 registered Indian peoples, consisting of alcohol abuse, diabetes, suicide, despair and poverty. This becomes a heavy burden for all to bear, including the healthcare system. Of the many great challenges facing the healthcare system in North America today ...