Weaving Worlds of Medicine by James Fenelon

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The weaving of modern medicine and native medicine is key to the progression of the medical field. As mentioned by Dr. Henson, old native sources of foods like the Chaga mushroom can be the answer to complex illnesses like cancer. Bradley Henson was pushed to desperation to find a treatment for his father’s liver cancer. He then turned to the Chaga mushroom of his ancestors. This treatment helped significantly with his father’s illness. While we cannot dismiss the major leaps forward we’ve had in modern medicine, we should consider treatments from different cultural backgrounds on an equal playing field when doing tests. Native communities hold more answers than we think, we just have to learn to listen.

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Trip to Western U by Benjamin

The trip took a short time to get there. We couldn’t find a parking spot for a while but eventually we found one. We did a blessing ceremony so the bad spirits won’t follow us. Some of us went into the cadaver to see the human heart. Studying it was great and knowing the differences between the vessels and veins were nice. Holding the heart felt hard but squishy at the same time. I learned that the fat that covers the heart is the same thickness as the fat on a sheep, mmmmmmmm mutton! There was 6 stations about the human body, I only went to 2 of them sadly. I had a great day there, so much fun!!

Maya’s Fifth Day

I’ve been feeling pretty cruddy the last two or three days, so this morning I sat out of martial arts. I was a bit disappointed but the rest of the day made up for it. I napped through morning classes and when i woke up I didn’t feel as sick and my body was most definitely more rested. Then we went to Western U after lunch and get this- I held a freshly harvested human heart! I did throw up in my mouth a little, but for sure an interesting experience. Then came the virtual reality lab! The technology was incredible. Falling down the trachea almost felt real. Afterwards came dinner. Then today in theatre we talked about traditions. 

 

Catch these photos.

claapper sticks
Fun with clapper sticks!
dancing with sadie
Dancing with Sadie
ham
Hammin it up
making the altar
Making the altar
mesquite pancakes
Mesquite pancakes!
my rock
Placing on the altar
pool day
Pool day

2015 Pitzer College/WesternU’s Natives 2 College Pipeline Program Application!

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The 2015 Pitzer College/WesternU’s Natives 2 College Pipeline Program Student Application will be here tomorrow (technically here already except on the West Coast)!

We have made a lot of new changes, so please take the time to carefully read all the new directions/program changes and GET EXCITED!!!

Highlights of the exciting activities for summer 2015 will come soon. For now, tell your friends and family and urge them to fill out an application.

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Surfing and dancing and Science

It was nice that we were able experience and participate in the dance, the trip to western university was also amazing, I learned much about the research that graduate students do, along with the requirements that it takes to become a doctor. How important it is to do good in school to be able to accomplish these things. Also I never realized how cool Myan math is and how complex it is. I wonder what my math teacher would think if I used that on a no calculator test??  We also watched a movie that explained how important surfing was to the Hawaiian people, which is nice to know that their traditions are very important to them.