Cultural Trauma

“How then can US society come to terms with its past? How can it acknowledge responsibility? The late Native historian Jack Forbes always stressed that while living persons are not responsible for what their ancestors did, they are responsible for the society they live in, which is a product of that past. Assuming this responsibility provides a means of survival and liberation”

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of The United States

In the spirit of our vision and mission statements, the Depth Psychology Alliance is launching a new initiative to encourage the application of the principles of depth psychology to exploring our historical cultural traumas and complexes. Although the Depth Psychology Alliance is located in “cyberspace,” many of its members are located in the Americas, especially North America. As such, a part of this initiative will be to provide and promote educational opportunities for understanding specific historical cultural traumas and complexes as related to the North American continent (some of these that we’ve explored previously in our community conversations are: racism, Islamophobia, and gun violence). This current initiative will attempt to address and understand the traumatic and ongoing decimation of the native peoples of the Americas from a depth psychology perspective.

Another part of this initiative will be to support, and encourage others to support, in a very concrete way, an effective and highly rated native American service organization, The Native American Heritage Association. We urge you to support this organization and the good work that they do for the native American people of South Dakota and Wyoming. The Depth Psychology Alliance has no affiliation with the Native American Heritage Association, and we will accept no donations on their behalf. However, it is very easy to donate to them directly. If you should choose to support this worthy cause, you may do so by clicking here, or by visiting their website by clicking the logo at left, or the links in this paragraph. See the link below for more information on The Native American Heritage Association.

Additional Resources

Below are links to Alliance pages that provide some additional educational resources for you to explore.

Learn More – This page provides web resources and recommended readings.

Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) – This page provides several digital resources that introduce you to the work Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), the native Sioux writer who, though born in a traditional Sioux village in 1858, eventually earned his medical degree at Boston University, and was the physician on call at the Pine Ridge medical clinic during the time of the Wounded Knee massacre.

Edward Curtis – This page provides a brief introduction to Edward Curtis, the celebrated white photographer who took thousands of photographs of native American people. In addition to videos and other links, from this page yu be able to access to the Northwestern University digital collection of Curtis’ classic twenty volume work, The North American Indian.

NAHA – This page provides more information about the The Native American Heritage Association.

Free Online Event!

Please join us on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM PT for a FREE community conversation! How can we best address issues resulting from cultural chaos from the perspective of depth psychology? How can those of us who feel that the perspectives of depth psychology can have a positive cultural influence begin to inspire positive change in the world? If these questions interest you, please join us on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM PT for a FREE community conversation on the Archetypal Roots of Cultural Chaos. Click here for some more thoughts on our upcoming discussion.

In the past we’ve held community discussions on such topics as  racism, Islamophobia, and gun violence. On Saturday, June 2, 2018 the Depth Psychology Alliance is hosting another live community discussion/webcast during which listeners will participate with a panel of interested persons as we discuss Depth Psychology and the Archetypal Roots of Multi-Generational Trauma in the Americas. This current initiative will attempt to address and understand the traumatic and ongoing decimation of the native peoples of the Americas from a depth psychology perspective. Please forward this post to your favorite social media outlets and to interested friends!

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