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ATTC’s Pearls of Wisdom: Learning from Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Powwows, fairs, and other in-person gatherings are returning to Indigenous communities after more than two years of COVID-19-induced isolation. Finding ways to maintain connections during the pandemic was critically important to supporting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. (Photo: Shutterstock.)

ATTC Pearls of Wisdom blog series post from the National American Indian/Alaska Native ATTC

Western science has relatively recently come to understand the importance of social wellness in promoting better physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Community is a foundational component of virtually every Indigenous society and has been since time immemorial. Thousands of years of experience have taught Indigenous peoples the individual and collective benefits of cultivating strong community ties.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced nearly universal shutdowns in March 2020, our Native friends and colleagues told us that one of the most devastating aspects of the health crisis was the sudden absence of in-person get-togethers. Ceremonies, celebrations, even community meals were no longer available to nurture and strengthen these communities, and the social hurt was almost as damaging as the virus itself.

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March 16, 2023
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