soul wound

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas Pages: 3 (1745 words) Published: October 23, 2014

Arianna Gonzales-Goff
NivaPeriod 2 literature
12 March 2014
Within the Community (MP1)
Jan Johnson, author of Healing the Soul Wound (2010) suggests that to heal historical amnesia and identity crisis' cross racial alliances with all races should be achieved, and the races that are traumatized by the happenings in the past, due European colonization will reconcile through Johnson's suggested healing process; forgiveness, compassion, and empathy. However, her idea of cross racial kinship is not realistic, considering how there is historical trauma residing within each race and mentally natives are not ready for exposure to the race that stuck them in this ongoing tragedy. An effective method would be to only acknowledge Native American suffering; rather than focusing on all race historical trauma, and by adapting evidence-based practices by applying tribal-specific healing strategies, community support, and approaches that incorporate validation of grief and loss associated with historical traumas; healing the ‘Soul Wound’ can be realistically resolved. Johnson uses historical references, critics from authors, and a series of examples from the works of authors in her essay. In Alexie’s novel "Flight" there is a character by the name of Zits, He is a 15 year old half Native American foster child. He grew up with both of his parents absent in his childhood life. His father was on drugs and his mother died when he was 6 years of age. The absence of his parents led him to act out while staying with his foster families. He blamed everyone for everything that happened in his life. Zits met a boy named Justice while in jail, and he felt as if Justice was his "Father/Friend" but all in reality he was nothing but a trouble causing manipulator. He began to fill Zits’ head up with foolish acts. Justice made him think that shooting a bank full of people would bring his parents back. That's where the entire trauma started when the shooting happened Zits was shot in the...
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