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The Path of Handsome Lake : A Model of Recovery for Native People - Alf H. Walle

The Path of Handsome Lake

A Model of Recovery for Native People

Hardcover Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9781593111298
Number Of Pages: 228

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This group of essays is written to provide a series of suggestions to Native people who seek to deal with alcoholism from the perspective of their unique heritages and with an understanding that the pressures to which Native traditions and societies have been subjected may trigger dysfunctional behavior, such as excessive drinking. In doing so, I link the work, life, and example of Handsome Lake, an Iroquois leader of the 18th/early 19th century to strategies of recovery that are geared towards contemporary Native people. The goal is to provide a useful set of tools and perspectives regarding Native people and their dysfunctional behavior, such as alcoholism. This section concludes with discussions of how the method can be used in both therapy and in self-help groups. I present this book as one way in which Native people may be able to embrace their cultural heritage as they seek to recover from alcoholism. Inspired by the example and teachings of Handsome Lake, I have updated his perspectives and explained them in terms of modern sociological and psychological theories. By doing so, a strategy of recovery for Native people living in the 21th century is offered.

Avoiding counselor bias : a cultural configurations approachp. 3
History of Native Americans : a relevant overviewp. 21
Alcoholism among Native Americansp. 39
Diversity, Native Americans, and recoveryp. 51
Cultural stress and dysfunctional behaviorp. 67
Terror management theory, cultural disruption, and the Iroquoisp. 83
Handsome Lake, personal recovery, and the modern worldp. 101
Handsome Lake and model of recoveryp. 117
Landmarks of the pathp. 133
Strategies for professional therapy/interventionp. 147
Strategies for self-helpp. 167
Cultural sensitivity and alcoholism therapy : a conclusionp. 185
The path and the landmarks in poster formp. 189
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ISBN: 9781593111298
ISBN-10: 1593111290
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.5