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New Directions in Native American Studies #02: I Choose Life: Contemporary Medical and Religious Practices in the Navajo Wolrd

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How Navajos navigate the complex world of medicine

Surgery, blood transfusions, CPR, and organ transplantation are common biomedical procedures for treating trauma and disease. But for Navajo Indians, these treatments can conflict with their traditional understanding of health and well-being. This book investigates how Navajos navigate their medically and religiously pluralistic world while coping with illness. Focusing on Navajo attitudes toward invasive procedures, Maureen Trudelle Schwarz reveals the ideological conflicts experienced by Navajo patients and the reasons behind the choices they make to promote their own health and healing.

Schwarz has conducted extensive interviews with patients, traditional herbalists and ceremonial practitioners, and members of Native American Church and Christian denominations to reveal the variety of perspectives toward biomedicine that prevail on the reservation and to show how each group within the tribe copes with health-related issues. She describes how Navajos interpret numerous health issues in terms of local understanding, drawing on both their own and biomedical or Christian traditions. She also provides insight into how Navajos use ceremonial practice and prayer to deal with the consequences of amputation or transplantation.

Book News Annotation:

A long-time advocate for Native people and their rights, Schwarz (anthropology, Syracuse U.) explores how Navajo people accommodate biomedical technologies such as blood transfusion, transplant, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and surgeries like amputation within the context of medical and religious pluralism. Her emphasis is on how individuals use notions about the body to reinforce collective identity and resist colonization. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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How Navajos navigate the complex world of medicine

Synopsis:

For Navajo Indians, medical treatments such as surgery, blood transfusion and CPR conflict with their traditional understanding of health and well-being, I Chose Life investigates how Navajos navigate their medically and religiously pluralistic world while coping with illness. Schwarz reveals the ideological conflicts experienced by Navajo patients and the reasons behind the choices they make to promote their own health and healing.

About the Author

Maureen Trudelle Schwarz is Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her previous publications include Blood and Voice: Navajo Women Ceremonial Practitioners; Navajo Lifeways: Contemporary Issues, Ancient Knowledge; and Molded in the Image of Changing Woman: Navajo Views on the Human Body and Personhood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806139616
Author:
Schwarz, Maureen Trudelle
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
Medicine, Traditional.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Directions in Native American Studies series
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 1.14 lb

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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For Navajo Indians, medical treatments such as surgery, blood transfusion and CPR conflict with their traditional understanding of health and well-being, I Chose Life investigates how Navajos navigate their medically and religiously pluralistic world while coping with illness. Schwarz reveals the ideological conflicts experienced by Navajo patients and the reasons behind the choices they make to promote their own health and healing.

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