Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Arizona physicians & native healers work together

Here is a story of cultural cooperation from central Arizona from MSNBC

Dr. Joachim Chino, 37, a Navajo-Acoma Native American, treats patients according to cultural tenents, such as avoiding eye contact and speaking in the third person when delivering a hard diagnosis so as not to be perceived as wishing harm.

"TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The hospital stands in the midst of a world of traditions: of Hopi clowns dancing around centuries-old villages, of Navajo elders tending their sheep, of customs as ancient as the winds that buffet the mesas and desert lands that stretch to the horizon.

And so, even at this center of modern medicine on the 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, it's not unusual to see Native medicine men attending the sick."...(Cont.)...