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Native North American Healing

1.5 Contact Hours / 0.15 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe Native North American healing traditions, including the cultural and spiritual elements important to those who use this medicine system.
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Millions of Native North Americans (indigenous peoples) utilize traditional healing traditions as a way of maintaining balance and wholeness. To the traditional Native American, all aspects of life are intimately connected to good health and well-being, and life is a sacred path. This ancient, holistic healthcare system is complex, utilizing medicine wheels, sacred plants, and a variety of healing techniques. Today, there are encouraging signs of acceptance and cooperation between conventional Western practitioners and American Indian healers.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the basic philosophical tenets of Native North American healing traditions.
  • Explain the purpose and elements of the medicine wheel.
  • Discuss traditional healing techniques of Native North Americans.
  • Compare and contrast the four sacred medicines used by Native North Americans.
  • Identify the purpose of games in Native North American well-being.

In the United States, there are approximately 4 million indigenous people, in more than 500 tribes, who self-identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native. Indigenous North Americans are also known as Native Americans, American Indians, Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, Aboriginal, and/or First Nations. Each tribe has its own name, and some have several names. For example, the Ojibwe are also called the Chippewa (Struthers, Eschiti, & Patchell, 2004).

The term American Indian today refers to common values and a shared identity among many Native American people and is also the legal title of federally recognized tribes holding jurisdiction on U. S. reservation lands. The term Natives is the term preferred by the indigenous people of Canada and the Six Nations’ People (Iroquois), and it is the term officially used by the Canadian government to identify indigenous people (Voss, Moerman, & Micozzi, 2015).

There were more than 75 million native people in the Western hemisphere, including 12 to 18 million native people living in what is now the United States before the Europeans reduced their numbers to approximately 400,000 by 1900 through well-strategized assaults on their culture, land theft, and the introduction of infectious diseases. They spoke 2,000 languages (Dapice, 2006).

Long before Columbus landed in what he thought was India (Hindustan) in 1492, the indigenous peoples of the Americas were practicing a highly advanced medicine that emphasized “the right way” of things in the cosmos. In “the right way,” human beings were not considered to be superior to plants, animals, and the earth but, instead, were kindred spirits relying on all other forms of life for their very life (Voss, Moerman, & Micozzi, 2015).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

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Content Focus:

Foundational Knowledge

Course Expires:

March 01, 2027

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

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Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.