Indigenous Peoples: Perspectives, Cultural Roles and Health Care Disparities


Jessica Morton (Editor)

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: MED056000

In this book, Chapter One addresses the diversity of Brazilian indigenous peoples, their history, and basic elements of distinct ethnic groups, such as their languages, social organization, rituals, myths, values, habits, and artistic expressions. Chapter Two describes some settings in which children learn about their way of life, in the framework of interactions with peers and more experienced people. It also explores how drawings and models made by children can tell stories about children´s preferences, expectations and future horizons, and reflects on how intergenerational and peer interactions involve transmission, adaptation, questioning and innovation of knowledge and skills necessary to dwelling in changing environments. Chapter Three provides a picture of mid-20th century lifestyle practices of Eeyou women when pregnant and breastfeeding with the aim to provide information that could potentially be used to improve culturally competent prenatal and postnatal care for Eeyou women. Chapter Four discusses disparities in medication use among elder American Indians. Chapter Five provides a conceptual overview of mental health disparities, historical realities, and sociocultural barriers of American Indians and Alaska natives. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Brazilian Indigenous Peoples: History, Challenges, Threats and Conquests
Eunice M. L. Soriano de Alencar and Nívea Pimenta Braga (University of Brasilia, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Children’s Skills, Expectations and Challenges Facing Changing Environments: An Ethnographic Study in Mbya Indigenous Communities (Argentina)
Carolina Remorini (Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina)

Chapter 3. Tradition and Transformation of Eastern James Bay Eeyou (Cree) Foodways in Pregnancy: Implications for Health Care
Helen Vallianatos and Noreen Willows (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 4. Disparities in Medication Use among Elder American Indians: Evidence, Causes, and Implications
Jane R. Mort and Chamika Hawkins-Taylor (College of Pharmacy, South Dakota State University, SD, USA)

Chapter 5. Mental Health Disparities, Historical Realities, and Sociocultural Barriers of American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Focus on Suicide Prevalence and Prevention
Paula T. McWhirter and Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo (University of Oklahoma, OK, USA and others)


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