Steve Barse will introduce the concept of Historical Trauma and give several definitions of it. After viewing 2 videos, “Ceremony” (18 minutes) and “Shan Goshorn’s Baskets” (4 minutes), panel members will discuss Native veterans and ceremony, interpreting Native art as another modality for therapy, and healing concepts for individuals and communities suffering from historical trauma. Harold Barse will discuss historical trauma and its effect on Native American Veterans and point out how ceremony – cedering, sweats, pow wows, pipe – allows the veteran to re-enter the community. Artist Thomas Poolaw will discuss how viewing and creating Native American art bridges the gap of communication and brings increased connectedness with patients and their heritage. Justine Wilson/Chebon Kernell will offer some examples of how historical trauma can be explored and discussed with positive and negative results. The main focus must be on both the client and the community owning responsibility in order to succeed.
Learning Objectives:
  • Help therapists and clients understand the importance of ceremony in the healing process for historical trauma.
  • Help therapists and clients redirect their focus by viewing and creating art.
  • Help empower the client and community to own responsibility in the historical trauma recovery process.