Guided by the Spirits: The Meanings of Life, Death, and Youth Suicide in an Ojibwa Community (Hardback)Seth Allard (author)
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Guided by the Spirits is a case study of youth suicide in the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Written by a member of the tribal community, this study focuses on qualitative methods, indigenous experience, and collaborative approaches to explore the social and historical significance of youth suicide in an Ojibwa community. Guided by the Spirits combines traditional methods of analysis, extracts of interviews and field notes, and creative ethnographic writing to present the relationships between culture, history, identity, agency, and youth suicide. This book is a must read for lay readers, policy makers, and researchers who seek a window into contemporary Native American life as well as a critical interpretation of youth suicide in indigenous societies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 172
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.
With this auto-ethnographic method Allard does not stand apart but recognizes mutuality and reciprocity, demonstrating how one can balance multiple roles from within and outside Indigenous communities and respectfully making room for previously unexpressed views, information, and forms of evidence. Allard's scholarship lends itself to effectively challenging prevailing views on youth suicide and the cultural and historical realities of mental health in Indigenous communities. Finally, with this approach, Allard makes an essential and propelling contribution to emerging Indigenous and postmodern research literature in North America."
G. Bruyere, University of Lethbridge
"Suicide among Native youth is of epidemic proportions throughout Indian country today. Seth Allard's Guided by the Spirits confronts suicide head on and challenges the reader, whether Native American or non-Native, to do something to stop the tragic deaths so that Native youth can live their futures."
Levi Rickert, publisher and editor, Native News Online
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