Health and Social Issues of Native American Women

Health and Social Issues of Native American Women

Health and Social Issues of Native American Women

Health and Social Issues of Native American Women

Synopsis

This book serves as a much-needed source of information on the social and health issues that impact the health of Native American women in the United States, accompanied by invaluable historical, cultural, and other contextual data about this sociocultural group.

Excerpt

Judith Salmon Kaur MD

According to many scholars, including Devon Mihesuah, she and other Native scholars have been concerned that much of what is known or written about American Indians has been by non-Indian scholars, especially historians and anthropologists. To counterbalance this bias, Mihesuah invited the voices of several Native scholars to discuss this concern in her edited book, Natives and Academics Researching and Writing about American Indians (1998). Not only did the contributors provide examples of their efforts to untangle some the intellectual issues used by non-Native scholars, but they also offered critique on some of the motivation and ethics of researchers that have helped frame the image of American Indians.

In their essays, the Native scholars addressed several longstanding tools of research used to describe or analyze American Indians, including those that have produced stereotypes or have been detrimental to the communities that have been studied. The contributors drew attention to research methodology, pedagogy, ethics, and theory utilized in the non-Native analysis of American Indians. Among the outcomes from this engagement was a challenge issued by the authors to researchers (Native and non-Native), asking them to question their motives, methods, and interpretations of their work so as not to add to or construct new stereotypic images of American Indians or conduct research that had little or no application to the problems or issues faced by American Indian communities.

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