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Narrative to Accompany the Traditional Healing Certification Proposal for the implementation at Alaska Pacific University
by DeWitt, Meda, M.A.P., Alaska Pacific University, 2019, 51; 13864152
Abstract (Summary)

This narrative accompanies and accounts for the basis of thought used to create a new program proposal for Alaska Native Traditional Healing that is rooted in traditional practices and considered through an Indigenous-based research agenda to adapt for the modern world. Indigenous research methods and literature review form the basis to support the advancement of the Traditional Healing profession. Several aspects are identified: the Traditional Healers as a group should be self-governed; healing practices are identified within the community; high standards of education and implementation based on the healers and healing practices are necessary for a successful program; and adequate funding for full program development is needed. Four main aspects of Alaska Native Traditional healing training have been identified: 1) Skills and knowledge, hands-on practice, and building mastery through experience and mentoring; 2) Cultural and Professional Ethics, which require internal growth, fortitude, and dedication; 3) Alaska Native cultural identity, heritage, and lineage; and 4) The "gift", which is a natural innate predisposition and physical aptitude for healing and intuition. This narrative and the accompanying program proposal answer the research question: "What support structures are needed to develop a Traditional Healing Program at an accredited university in Anchorage, Alaska?"

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Advisor: Hykes Steere, Victoria, Pagano, Rosanne
Commitee: Andrulli, Jennifer, Ramos, Judith
School: Alaska Pacific University
Department: Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health education
Keywords: Alaska native, Certification, Development, Indigenous, Research, Traditional healing
Publication Number: 13864152
ISBN: 978-1-392-14313-1
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