Back to Product & Resources listing
Native American Storytelling: Culture is Prevention
April 28, 2021

This event was held on April 27th, 2021 at 3-4 EST . 2-3 CST . 1-2 MST . 12-1 PST . 11-12 AKST

 

Guest Storyteller: Keaw'e Bone Mr. Keaw'e Bone holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with an interdisciplinary minor in Cherokee studies. He is currently practicing as a Qualified Mental Health Professional working with the community of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He has held other job titles as well such as a child care worker, cultural coordinator, Targeted Case Manager, and storyteller. Keaw'e is an (EBCI) member with lineage from the Lakota nation and Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) ancestry. Keaw'e is the youngest storyteller in his tribe within six generations.

This series of sessions features traditional Native American storytelling, along with time for discussion on what can be learned from the stories, as well as the ways these stories can be incorporated by Native American providers into their work with patients.

Please note that while we encourage non-Native providers to attend these sessions to increase your cultural understanding and sensitivity, we ask that out of respect for cultural traditions, you do not use these stories as your own if they are not a part of your culture. 

Native storytelling is an long honored way of teaching lessons of life. We, as Native people, need to laugh while learning. For example, laughing at how Coyote makes funny mistakes. This can teach people how to avoid behaving as Coyote does. Further, Native legends can offer stories about Creation or the Trickster. However, some stories can only be told during certain times of the year. For example, Coyote legends are only told during the winter time because that is often when Native people would be in their lodges practicing survival skills to help the tribe thrive in difficult times. 

Traditionally, the storyteller needed to be an excellent psychologist and able to understand peoples’ perspectives. A story might be used in treatment to help a patient come to a realization in a culturally informed way.