This may cause suspicion and confusion and may further dissuade people from seeking professional help, preferring to keep to their traditional practices. E.g. African Americans are encouraged to rely on themselves and their will power rather than seek help from outside sources (Browman, 1996). Native Americans believe that sickness is the result of disharmony with oneself, community and nature, and thus mental health services would not be of much use, since they rarely focus on these aspects of one’s life (Tolman and Reedy, 1998). Besides influencing our perception of mental illness, culture also influences whether or not people seek treatment, and who they decide to seek treatment from.
The final concern in which needs to be addressed is the fact that these negative stereotypes of Native Americans make it very dangerous for them because of the rise of crime rates against the Natives. The rates for crimes against the Natives has increased and puts many of them in danger. These crimes are classified as hate crimes because of the fact that these crimes are done in hatred of them as a people and not a personal cause. According to Department of Justice analysis, "American Indians are more likely than people of other races to experience violence at the hands of someone of a different race." These factors only show that we need to take serious actions soon in order to prevent this violence to continue before its too
Another reason explaining why there are many misconceptions about Native Americans has to do with the fact that they tend to be more isolated than other groups, and for this reason, knowledge about Native Americans that outsiders have is likely not to come from direct experience (Fleming, 2006). Much of the information about Native Americans is derived from popular culture. By relying on stereotypes to describe Native Americans some individuals have a belief that Native Americans are drunks, receive free money from the government, and are wealthy due to revenues from casino earnings. Another stereotype of Native Americans is that they are one with nature, deeply religious, and wise in the ways of
Outline The prescribed question that I have chosen is Power and Privilege: “How and why is a social group represented in a particular way?” The title of the text for analysis: How Native Americans are represented in Erdrich’s Love Medicine specifically on their relationship to white culture due to their history. Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine focuses on the lives of a family of Native Americans. The way that they are represented in the novel provides an insight into modern day native American culture unparalleled by any history book. The way women, children, men, religious figures, and senior citizens are represented in the book allow readers to see the way native Americans interact with others. These interactions allow us to see how native
In Diane Burns’ Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question, she is heavily stereotyped once she reveals that she is Native American as portrayed, “No, I didn’t major in archery. Yeah a lot of us drink too much.”(31, 32) The western viewpoint with internalized racism has followed with European settlers into America and still remains today as they continue the stereotypes associated with Native Americans. Western attitudes not only see the white majority superior than the rest but create stereotypes that people of different backgrounds must face and fight against while living in America. These stereotypes are harmful as they can’t practice their culture or have racial features without being criminalized by western views. Illustrated in An Indian Father’s Plea, Wind-Wolf recognizes the negative portrayal of Native Americans by Western media.
Native American cultures, such as the Sand Lizard tribe described in Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel, Gardens in The Dunes, have a matrilineal foundation. In Native American cultures women play a vital role, because of their ability to have, raise, and instruct children on how to survive in the world. In native cultures women are respected and often compared to the earth itself, because the people feel they share similar abilities to nurture and sustain human life. In these Native American cultures “motherhood” applies to all women in the community, and not just biological mothers. The Native American cultures rely on women, and in some cases even those women who are outside their culture, to be mothers figures and pass onto their children the
I believe that the treatment of indigenous people has not been fair in fact it has worsened over the century. Here are a four reasons why the indigenous people have been treated unfairly. The first reason why indigenous people have been neglected is that they're not concerned as first class citizens. The reason why they're not treated as the same class is that the North American governments believe that if Native people do not join with the country they live in the will not be given the certain luxuries as the citizens of the country. Which is most unfair that the Indigenous people cannot benefit the success the other countries have in health care or education instead being forced to live without reaping the benefits of the country who has
This has resulted in a reduced quality of life for Canada 's indigenous population, as well as adverse health problems, and prejudicial perceptions that we still see the impact of today. The documentary series, 8th fire, by Dando and Ingles (2012) supports this claim. The Indigenous peoples ' have long felt betrayed by the government that they had signed a treaty with, so why would an Indigenous person seek health services from this establishment? The mistrust between the Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada is the result of colonization, specifically the Indian Act, and it undoubtedly impacts Indigenous peoples and their faith in, and ability to get proper care from, the healthcare system. The Indian Act, first introduced in 1876, was primarily a way for Canada to exercise complete control over the Indigenous population, limiting their rights and dissolving their identity.
The question is important, not just as a matter of historical accuracy, but because any emphasis on ‘natural’ racism lightens the responsibility of the social system. If racism can’t be shown to be natural, then it is the result of certain conditions, and we are impelled to eliminate those conditions.” I think that this quote is very interesting and of importance, because we still see this in our society today. The idea that one race is better than the other is not a natural thing; the idea that any race is better than another is a learned idea or comes from a haughty point of view. For example, look how the Native Americans reacted to the Spaniards and Europeans when they first arrived. The Native Americans treated them like they were their own people.