ERIC Number: ED180719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Growing Up And Feeling Powerful As An American Indian.
Mason, Velma Garcia; Baker, George
Prepared for American Indian school children in grades 4-8, this booklet is a reading resource on drug abuse prevention. The material is based on a concept of primary drug abuse prevention developed by Native American experts involved in various drug abuse programs: "primary prevention is a process of recognition and respect for Native cultural values and belief systems as they relate to human growth and development in preparing an individual to deal with his exposure to the use of drugs and alcohol". Fifteen prose and free verse selections are written in simple language and printed in large type; each is illustrated with a full page drawing or photograph of Indian subjects. The selections are concerned with the themes of accepting human emotions and developing feelings of pride and self worth. Selections titled "Buffalo", "Tree", "Flower", "Sun", and "Eagle" compare qualities in the natural world to positive human qualities, e.g., strength, gentleness, independence, generosity. Other selections discuss feelings of love, hope, joy, sadness, guilt, and anger, stressing the fact that everyone has many different kinds of feelings, both good and bad, and that learning to understand these emotions is part of growing. (JH)
Publication Type: Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. Div. of Resource Development.
Authoring Institution: Multicultural Drug Abuse Prevention Resource Center, Arlington, VA.