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 Mime-Version: 1.0 EXPLORING HEATLH CARE IN THE SOUTHWEST- The Navajo Perspective June 15-22, 1996 WHO SHOULD ATTEND 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. PROGRAM REVIEW 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. PACKAGE INCLUDES 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 WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE 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 RECREATION AND SIGHTSEEING 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 ACCOMMODATIONS 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 COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS [Clipped] FACULTY 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 Din Educational Philosophy at Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Arizona. He is also a consultant and lecturer on subjects such as the Din 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. TRAVEL AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION 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. STUDY TOUR IS LIMITED TO 35 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 10, 1996 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
email@example.com. 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 conditions. Visit Navajo Community College's World Wide Web's home page for a description of the college and area at http://crystal.ncc.cc.nm.us. 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.