ERIC Number: EJ849823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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What Does Healthy Really Mean?
Silva, Leroy; John, Arlyn; Beenen, Emily
Horace, v24 n2 Sum 2008
Wellness is written into the very bones of The Native American Community Academy (NACA). The school's triumvirate mission includes integrated curriculum, cultural/language context, and a wellness philosophy. This philosophy encompasses a holistic approach to each student and considers his or her intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and community relationship wellness. The wellness philosophy was developed using the medicine wheel, the values of which are present in many indigenous communities. Though the medicine wheel has different significance to different tribes, the common idea is the wellness of the individual considers the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social health of individuals and their relationship to all of life. From this medicine wheel, NACA developed a wellness wheel with similar values, and an approach to the development of wellness. There is a baseline holistic understanding that all components of the wellness wheel are connected and interreliant. In this article, the authors give an overview of what this wellness wheel and philosophy look like at NACA.
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, American Indians, Wellness, Holistic Approach, Medicine, Philosophy
Coalition of Essential Schools. 1330 Broadway Suite 600, Oakland, CA 94612. Tel: 510-433-1451; Fax: 510-433-1455; Web site: http://www.essentialschools.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico