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KGOU: Dolores Bigfoot from Indian Country Child Trauma Center






Delores Bigfoot. Photo from Indian Country Child Trauma Center

KGOU talks to Delores Bigfoot about her work with the Indian Country Child Trauma Center in Oklahoma:
“We look at what is helpful within our tribal communities with things that are more familiar to them, more reinforcing for their cultural teachings,” Bigfoot said. “We're looking at these core principles and look at what our tribal communities have teachings about that relate to that.”

“For example, I was up in Alaska and they were talking about their cultural teaching, I can't say the particular word they used, but the way they interpreted it is the mind is a powerful thing, meaning how you think is very important,” Bigfoot said. “So you imagine things first before you actually do it.”

In other tribal settings the emphasis may be put on feelings and emotions.

“One of the most common in the northern tribes is the wiping of the tears ceremony, a lot of emotions involved with that particular ceremony,” Bigfoot said.

“If you look at the totem poles, you see the different animals, they all have different kinds of expressions,” Bigfoot said. “Some of those are feelings and some of those are ways of being. But there's an association of those feelings, an understanding that within our cultural ways of thinking and feeling has always been there.”

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