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dc.contributor.supervisor Chambers, Cynthia
dc.contributor.author Grier, Angela
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-16T20:13:37Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-16T20:13:37Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07-16
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3463
dc.description Orthodox Blackfoot Culture, includes four elder interview in appendices en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis was to identify culturally appropriate means of engaging with Blackfoot and Indigenous clients seeking counselling. Blackfoot prayer is symbolic of the entire sacred worldview and universe of the Blackfoot people. This research intended for a holistic understanding of wellness to emerge from the study of Aatsimoiskaan (Prayer). This thesis employed an Indigenous research paradigm to ensure that the methodology was culturally appropriate. The research question was, “What does prayer say about wellbeing?” The researcher interviewed four members of sacred societies within the Blackfoot Confederacy. The interviews were qualitative and interpreted hermeneutically. The research identified five aspects of Blackfoot wellness to guide clients towards living a meaningful Indigenous life. Prayer provides practitioners with: 1) key ingredients of Blackfoot citizenry; 2) co-creation and autonomy in self healing; 3) decolonization of identity, self, and life; 4) conscious purpose; and 5) healthy identity formation. The findings of this research have practical use for counsellors who work directly with Indigenous clients. Any changes in practice and program delivery, which include these findings, will result in better outcomes for Indigenous, specifically Blackfoot, people seeking counsel. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education)
dc.subject wellness en_US
dc.subject Orthodox Blackfoot Culture en_US
dc.subject aboriginal peoples
dc.subject counseling
dc.subject native american studies
dc.subject prayer
dc.subject religious education
dc.title Aistimatoom: the embodiment of Blackfoot prayer as wellness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Education en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.proquest.subject 0519 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 0740
dc.proquest.subject 0527
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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