ERIC Number: ED409126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Northern Enlightenment: A Sharing & Caring Gathering. [Conference Summary; Wasilla, Alaska, April 7-9, 1993.]
Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Center for Rural Health.
This synopsis of the gathering of healers and health providers presents a guide for discussion of rural Alaskan training issues. An introduction calls on Alaska's indigenous peoples to draw on their traditions and cultural values to create models for a healthy existence. The Health Education and Training Center (HETC) and its goals for improvement of rural health services and training are briefly described. The conference began with a Medicine Wheel exercise to unite participants, followed by a discussion of group behavioral norms for creating a positive productive atmosphere. Participants then brainstormed to identify 72 rural Alaska training issues, which were framed as questions to encourage discussion. The group prioritized 10 issues: promoting healthy family trainers and community leaders, creating healing workshops, designing cross-cultural training techniques, recognizing healthy empowerment in community development, expanding the circle of Native trainers, increasing trainers' mentoring potential, evaluating presentations for sexuality issues, developing sensitive and responsive institutional training techniques, delineating community expectations of trainers, and acknowledging cultural values related to the healing process. Small groups of participants then compiled recommendations related to the healthy family trainer, indigenous versus colonial world views, cross-cultural education, academic boundaries and use of the community's indigenous knowledge, sociopolitical knowledge necessary for healing, guidelines and basic prerequisites for community development, and contested interests within a societal context of unequal power relations. Comments of keynote speaker Don Coyhis and traditional healer Walter Austin are summarized. (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Community Development, Community Services, Cross Cultural Training, Culturally Relevant Education, Health Education, Health Promotion, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Personnel, Rural Education, Rural Population, Trainers, World Views
Alaska Center for Rural Health, P.O. Box 81710, Fairbanks, AK 99708-1710 (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Alaska Center for Rural Health.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska