Message #171:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: HEATLH CARE IN THE SOUTHWEST - The Navajo Perspective
Date: Sun, 26 May 1996 20:50:06 -0700
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The Navajo Perspective June 15-22, 1996

The tour of the Navajo Nation is interdisciplinary and open to all health and 
social-service professionals, ANTHROPOLOGISTS, sociologists, psychologists, 
and others who could benefit from a cross-cultural experience. Spouses also 
are encouraged to attend. The eight-day, seven-night study tour is designed 
to give you a framework of cross-cultural health care as it relates to the 
Navajo culture. While traveling throughout the Navajo Nation, you will have 
the opportunity to interact with Navajo people and learn about their 
lifestyle and belief system. 

With a culture steeped in complex tradition, many Navajos continue to 
practice traditional healing through ceremonies that incorporate ritualism, 
prayer, and herbology to increase wellness and promote harmony with the 
universe. You will witness a Navajo healing ceremony and also see the modern
health-care delivery system provided by the Indian Health Service. You will 
learn how modern and traditional Navajo healing practices to provide holistic 
health care. 

More than twenty units of continuing education credit for nurses
Ten meals, including a traditional Navajo meal
All lodging and ground transportation costs
Scenic tours of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley
Paperback copy of The Book of the Navajo

Cross-culturalism and its impact on the health-care system
Navajo philosophy of life as it relates to the modern worldview
A comparison of Navajo and modern medicine practitioners and their 
health-care delivery systems
An understanding of key political, social, and health issues facing the 
Navajo Nation
A visit to the first Native American healing room in a government hospital
The challenge of communicating in a bicultural setting as it relates to 
patient care
Navajo values and health-care practices in a traditional hogan setting
An exploration of nature's medicine with a Navajo herbalist
A Navajo healing ceremony

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy Arizona's recreation at its 
finest, including: 
A visit to Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation
A scenic jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly with a Navajo guide
A tour of Monument Valley, "The Eighth Wonder of the World," a magnificent 
canyon inhabited by the Anasazi a thousand years ago
A guided tour of historic Hubbell Trading Post (one of the oldest operating 
trading posts on the Navajo Reservation) and Sage Memorial Hospital in 
Ganado, Arizona
A visit to Tuba City Trading Post for authentic Navajo arts and crafts

One night at the AmeriSuites Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona
One night at the Navajo Nation Inn in Window Rock, Arizona
Three nights at the Thunderbird Lodge, located at the mouth of spectacular 
Canyon de Chelly
One night at picturesque Navajo Community College, the first 
Indian-owned-and-operated community college
One night at Goulding's Trading Post and Lodge, nestled beneath an awesome 
red-rock mesa in Monument Valley, Utah



Ursula Knoki-Wilson, MS, CNM, is the host for this study tour and currently a 
nurse midwife with the Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility on the 
Navajo Nation. She is a nationally known speaker and has published book 
chapters on "Nursing Care of American Indian Patients" in Ethnic Nursing 
Care, edited by Orgue, Block, and Monroy; and "Traditional Childbearing 
Practices Among Indians" in Life Cycle of the American Indian Family, edited 
by Kekbah and Wood. 

Lena Fowler, B.A., is currently the director of the Navajo Community College 
Office of Continuing Education in Tuba City, Arizona. She is also board 
president for Navajo Way, Inc. and is president of Tuba City Cultural 
Projects, Inc., an organization devoted to the restoration of historic 
buildings and sites within the city. Ms. Fowler has served as aide to Senator 
John McCain and interned with Dr. Annie Wauneka. 

Johnson Dennison, M.A., is the director of the Office of DinŽ Educational 
Philosophy at Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Arizona. He is also a 
consultant and lecturer on subjects such as the DinŽ philosophy, Navajo 
culture, Navajo literacy, Navajo medicine, Navajo history, and bilingual 
education. He has been a practicing medicine man for thirteen years, having 
studied for many years prior with other Navajo medicine men to learn Navajo 
mythology and ceremonies. 

Mike Mitchell is a curriculum consultant for the Chapter One Curriculum 
Center of the Chinle Unified School District in Chinle, Arizona. Mr. Mitchell 
assists in combining traditional Navajo wisdom with the teachings of 
conventional science. He designs curriculum on subjects such as the various 
uses of native plants which can then be integrated into Biology coursework. 
He also translates Navajo astronomy stories and makes them applicable to 
Chinle's grade-school curriculum. 

The cost of the eight-day, seven-night study tour is $1,695, based on double 
occupancy. Airfare is not included. Check with your local travel agency for 
the lowest fare. Discount fares may be available through some of the major 
airlines with advance purchase. (Because this study tour has historically
filled up quickly, please contact our office regarding space availability 
before finalizing your flight plans.) 

For the convenience of registrants, a deposit of half the registration fee, 
$847.50, will be accepted with the remaining payment due by May 10, 1996. 

You should arrive at the Phoenix airport by 11:30 a.m. on June 15, 1996. The 
Northern Arizona University bus will meet you at the Terminal Three "Meet and 
Greet" Center and transport you to the AmeriSuites Hotel in Flagstaff. 

You will arrive back in Phoenix by 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 1996. If 
you are unable to make any of these arrangements, please include this on the 
registration form or call us, and we will send you information on commuter 
flights between Phoenix and Flagstaff and hotel possibilities in the Phoenix
area for the nights prior to and following the study tour. 

Upon receipt of payment, a detailed itinerary with background information on 
northern Arizona, the Navajo Nation, and Navajo culture will be mailed to 
you, along with your copy of the The Book of the Navajo. 

All refund requests must be made in writing prior to the registration 
deadline, and a $150 processing fee will be charged. After that date, no 
refunds will be given. Substitute participants are acceptable.  For 
additional information, contact Navajo Community College, (520) 283-6321, 
Office of Continuing Education, PO Box 731, Tuba City, Arizona 86045, or 
Northern Arizona University, (520) 523-8063, Personal and Professional 
Development Programs, PO Box 4117, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4117, or e-mail 

HEALTH AND PARTICIPANT ACCEPTANCE: By forwarding a deposit, the participants 
certify that they do not currently have any physical or other disability that 
would create a hazard for themselves or others. Because of the rural setting 
of the tour, participants must be physically able to carry their luggage from 
the bus to the motel at some locations, sit for long periods of time on the 
bus, and sit on a dirt hogan floor to participate in the traditional healing 
ceremony. NAU and NCC reserve the right to deny enrollment to any person 
whose health would be jeopardized by these activities. 

RESPONSIBILITY: NCC/NAU and/or its Agent assume no responsibility or  
liability in connection with the service of any bus which is used either 
wholly or in part, in the performance of its duty to the passenger, neither 
will they be responsible for any act, error or omission, or for any injury to 
person or property, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be 
occasional by reason of any defect in any vehicle, or through neglect or 
default of any company or person engaged in carrying out the purpose of the 
tour. In the event that sufficient persons are not secured for a particular 
tour, we reserve the right to cancel said tour and a refund of monies paid 
will release NCC/NAU of any further obligation. The payment of registration 
fees and acceptance by NCC/NAU shall be deemed consent to the above 

Visit Navajo Community College's World Wide Web's home page for a description 
of the college and area at  NCC and NAU are 
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institutions   Navajo Community College 
Office of Continuing Education and Northern Arizona University Personal and 
Professional Development 1995. Navajo Community College Office of Continuing 
Education P.O. Box 731 Tuba City, AZ 86045 520/283-6321 FAX No: 520/283-4590.