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Native Americans Culture
Transcript of Native Americans Culture
Traditional Health Benefits and Practices
Traditional health beliefs and practices (cont.)
*Herbs, botanical , and rituals are the sources that the Native Americans uses to restore health
*For example, they uses willow tree bark for back pain.
*Purifying and cleansing the body techniques using enclosed heat from fire on a stone
Childbearing and Childrearing Beliefs
Childbearing and Childrearing (cont.)
* Most women used herbs and teas to prevent pregnancies.
* The root of the False Helleboro (pictured) was turned into tea and drank by men and women to prevent children. It's know to cause permanent sterility. (Zema, 2015)
Views on Pregnancy
* Don't believe in getting married while pregnant or there will be a hard delivery.
*Standing in the door way will cause a hard pregnancy
*Making slingshots while pregnancy, while cause the child to be crippled.
*There are many more at this link: http://www.navajocentral.org/navajotaboos/taboos_pregnancy.html
Native American believes that illnesses comes from bad spirits and the goal to heal is to balance in the spiritual health.
*Certain tribes such as Cherokee would be cautious of their diet. (Pearson, 2014)
* Their belief of eating black walnuts would make the child nose huge and trout will cause a birthmark.
*They also believed that wearing neckerchiefs would cause umbilical strangulation. (Pearson, 2014)
* Fathers and Mothers do rituals such as washing hand and feet daily for a safe and easy delivery. (Pearson, 2014)
*Men are rarely allowed in the birthing room and never allowed to see the birth (Pearson, 2014)
*The women never give birth lying down. (Pearson, 2014)
Views on Pregnancy
* Native American women would depart alone and become secluded near a stream of water and prepare shelter for her and the baby.
*Hunting, fishing, farming, berries, plants and nuts.
*One of the most important crop was corn known as maize.
*Other crops are squash, wild rice, pumpkins, avocados, papayas, cotton, hemp, tobacco, medicinal plants, etc.
* Most Native American tribes are heavy meat eaters.
Buffalo, elk, caribou, deer and rabbit are the main meats eaten.
Affect of Nursing Care Planning
*If the healthcare providers doesn't understand the traditional practice, adequate care can't be given to this group.
*Holistic approach of healthcare should be understood when taking care of a patient that's of the Native American group
*It's best that healthcare providers understand the culture of different religion groups to best serve them.
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