Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How are traditional Chamoru healing practices being perpetuated and preserved in modern Guam: A phenomenological study
by Lizama, Tricia A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2011, 129; 3444162
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the lived experience of the suruhåna/u (cultural healers) on the island of Guam in Micronesia, following decades of colonization and marginalization. From a phenomenological, qualitative research methodology consisting of 11 interviews, the study attempted to understand the ways that the traditional healing practices are being preserved and perpetuated from the perspective of the suruhåna/u. The findings indicated that despite the hardships that the suruhåna/u have had to face, these healers have continued to practice and have managed to survive. However, due to modernization, there is a concern of who will “take the reins” of the next generation of cultural healers and thus, the individuals creating and applying culturally sound treatment to the disenfranchised Chamoru people. From this study, culturally competent practices of the suruhåna/u are presented to help inform Western practitioners working with a Chamoru population. In addition, numerous implications were posited, one of which is the imperative creation of a Chamoru Health Care Act.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rockey, Mary
Commitee: Bemker, Mary, Zakrajsek, Rebecca
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social work, Alternative Medicine
Keywords: Chamorro, Chamoru, Culture, Guam, Suruhanu, Traditional healing
Publication Number: 3444162
ISBN: 978-1-124-51166-5
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