Akak'stiman: A Blackfoot Framework for Decision-Making and Mediation Processes
Today, two health structures exist on the Peigan reserve. One is based on Blackfoot culture, and the other is based on European theories of health and healing. Although both methods are used on the reserve, the government only acknowledges the European approach. This book describes Blackfoot healing traditions, their spiritual foundations, and their historical development in great detail.
Akak'stiman shows how Blackfoot healing methods can be integrated with western approaches on the Peigan reserve. Oral evidence from interviews with elders and historical documents bring varying approaches to this timely topic. It is an important document in the neglected field of First Nations procedures and philosophies.
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 104 pages
- Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.3in x 10.0in
This publication has begun the very difficult task of building the bridge between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal management practice . . . There are few books on Aboriginal programming but none that provide a model that is derived from a true, original source. The model proposed in this book is grounded in traditional practice.
-Linda Manyguns, Lawyer
Blackfoot people have been resolving conflicts and making decisions for countless generations. It only makes sense that over this vast time they evolved highly successful methods of social resolution. Fortunately, Crowshoe and Manneschmidt have researched and resurrected this ancient knowledge and made it relevant to modern issues in the Native world. This is an important book; one that is unique in the literature about First Nations.
-Jack Brink, Curator of Archaeology, Provincial Museum of Alberta
This book presents a traditional Blackfoot view of health. More importantly, it offers practical applications of traditional knowledge, that can be used in dealing with aboriginal health issues today.
-Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw is a rural physician who works in Pincher Creek and on the Peigan Reserve
2. History of the Peigan People
The Early Twentieth Century
3. Social Structures
Family and Extended Family
Roles of Men and Women
4. Peigan/Blackfoot Concepts of Sacred Bundles and their Functions
The Natoas (Sun Dance Bundle)
The Beaver Bundle
The Thunder Medicine Pipe Bundle
Individual or Personal Bundles
5. Transfer Rites
6. The Blackfoot Circle Structure Processes
7. Healing, Health Services, and Health Providers
Traditional Blackfoot Medical Care
Western Medical Services
Canadian Government Health Bureaucracy
8. The Blackfoot Circle Structure Model and its Application Health Administration
9. An Application Mediation Process in Child Protection and Business
A. Creation Store
B. First Contact Between White Men and Blackfoot
C. Legend of Star Boy (Later, Poia, Scarface)
D. The Elk-Woman
E. Origin of the Long Time Pipe
F. Origin of the Medicine Pipe
G. Loss and Capture of the Thunder Pipe
H. Transfer History of the Small Thunder Medicine Pipe
I. Interview: Bull Horn Doctor