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Wo Lakol Kiciyapi: traditional philosophies of helping and healing among the Lakotas: toward a Lakota-centric practice of social work.

Author: Voss, R.W; Douville, V; Little Soldier, A; White Hat, A. Sr.
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Date 1/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Multicultural-Social-Work.
Volume/Pages 7(1/2): 73-93
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract This pilot study hypothesized that the ancient traditions of help and healing among traditional Lakota people represent an alternative or complementary model for understanding a distinctive approach to American social worktheory and practice which includes shamanic or spirit healing as a constituent part of the help and healing process. Thirty-two individuals, including traditional Lakota elders, educators, leaders, and mental health providers, wereinterviewed about their views on traditional ideas of help and healing and about social work and social service practices. The findings show that there were distinctive approaches to ensure social health and well-being among prereservation Lakota peoples, and that the traditions of help and healing are intimately linked to the natural law and to the ceremonial life of the tribe. The findings show a resurgence of traditional healing practices among the Lakotawith important implications for social work theory and practice. (Journal abstract.)