This book shares stories of creative inventions by Aboriginal narrative therapists and community workers, including the ‘Shame Mat’, the ‘Language Tree of Life’, ‘Conversations with Lateral Violence’, and ‘Narrative community gatherings’. These significant innovations are expanding the field of narrative practice, not only in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts, but also across cultures and internationally.
Significantly, this book also illustrates how narrative practices are being used by Aboriginal communities to decolonise identity stories, to move beyond mental health labels, and to step out of missionary rules and closets of shame.
In this book you will find moving stories from individuals who are finding ways to have conversations with those who have passed on, or who are undertaking profound journeys away from the effects of alcohol and abuse. You will also read descriptions of community projects in which hard-won knowledge and skills in surviving injustices are being shared across communities and oceans.
We invite you to see narrative practice through Aboriginal eyes. This is both spiritual and political practice.
Barbara Wingard is a senior Kaurna Elder who has been involved with narrative ideas since 1994.
Carolynanha Johnson is a Adnyamathanha woman from the Norther Flinders Ranges is South Australia and currently works as a counsellor and educator at the cancer council SA.
Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durumbal woman who lives in Kuranda, Far North Queensland. A social worker at Cairns Hospital, a member of Dulwich centre teaching faculty, and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.
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This book introduces a range of hopeful methodologies to respond to individuals, groups and communities who are experiencing hardship. These approaches are deliberately easy to engage with and can be used with children, young people and adults. The methodologies described include: Collective narrative documents, Enabling contributions through exchanging messages and convening definitional ceremonies, *The Tree of Life*: responding to vulnerable children, *The Team of Life*: giving young people a sporting chance, Checklists of social and psychological resistance, Collective narrative timelines, Maps of history, and Songs of sustenance. ... More info
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