Title

Native Language-Based Paradigms for Indigenous Midwifery

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

4-2-2011

Abstract

In the North Carolina Cherokee communities, elder women are coming together to renew traditional models for women’s health. Applied anthropologists are working with community members to address a variety of social concerns including those related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. The women concerned with these issues are finding solutions within their own language, beliefs, and memories--traditions that have become disconnected from many young Cherokee women today. This paper outlines the development of the initial stages of the Cherokee Native Midwifery Project, the language-centered paradigm at its core, and possible future directions as the project develops.

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting (SFAA)

Location

Seattle, WA

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