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Coming Full Circle, Coming Full Circle, 0803211279, 0-8032-1127-9, 978-0-8032-1127-8, 9780803211278, Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, , Coming Full Circle, 0803248598, 0-8032-4859-8, 978-0-8032-4859-5, 9780803248595, Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, , Coming Full Circle, 0803295243, 0-8032-9524-3, 978-0-8032-9524-7, 9780803295247, Suzanne Crawford O’Brien

Coming Full Circle
Spirituality and Wellness among Native Communities in the Pacific Northwest
Suzanne Crawford O’Brien

2013. 480 pp.
$90.00 s
2016. 480 pp.
14 photographs, 4 illustrations
$35.00 s

Coming Full Circle is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationships between spirituality and health in several contemporary Coast Salish and Chinook communities in western Washington from 1805 to 2005. Suzanne Crawford O’Brien examines how these communities define what it means to be healthy, and how recent tribal community–based health programs have applied this understanding to their missions and activities. She also explores how contemporary definitions, goals, and activities relating to health and healing are informed by Coast Salish history and also by indigenous spiritual views of the body, which are based on an understanding of the relationship between self, ecology, and community.
Coming Full Circle draws on a historical framework in reflecting on contemporary tribal health-care efforts and the ways in which they engage indigenous healing traditions alongside twenty-first-century biomedicine. The book makes a strong case for the current shift toward tribally controlled care, arguing that local, culturally distinct ways of healing and understanding illness must be a part of contemporary Native healthcare.
Combining in-depth archival research, extensive ethnographic participant-based field work, and skillful scholarship on theories of religion and embodiment, Crawford O’Brien offers an original and masterful analysis of contemporary Native Americans and their worldviews.

Suzanne Crawford O’Brien is an associate professor of religion and culture at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the author of Native American Religions and the editor of Religion and Healing in Native America: Pathways for Renewal.

"As scholars in history, anthropology, environmental studies, nursing, and biology, among others, continue to explore indigenous food restoration as a location of sovereignty and cultural reclamation, the case studies featured in Coming Full Circle provide important community examples. Crawford O’Brien’s collaboration with these communities highlights the significance of academic/Native community partnerships and results in accounts of poignant and meaningful health solutions."—Laurie Arnold, Western Historical Quarterly

"This is an important book."—Eric Anderson, Pacific Northwest Quarterly

"Coming Full Circle is a strong example of interdisciplinary, mixed-methods research. By analyzing the historical, religious, spiritual, economic, and cultural factors influencing tribal peoples' healing and spiritual traditions, Crawford-O'Brien demonstrates the beauty and resilience of tribal communities and tribal cultural traditions."—Michelle M. Jacob, Oregon Historical Quarterly

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