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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Brault, Emily R.
Author's Email Address emily.r.brault@doc.state.or.us
URN etd-07012005-131713
Title Sweating in the Joint: Personal and Cultural Renewal and Healing Through Sweatlodge Practice by Native Americans in Prison
Degree PhD
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Volney P. Gay Committee Chair
Beth Conklin Committee Member
Bonnie Miller-McLemore Committee Member
Leonard Hummel Committee Member
Michael McNally Committee Member
Keywords
  • Department of Corrections
Date of Defense 2005-05-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
SWEATING IN THE JOINT: PERSONAL AND CULTURAL RENEWAL AND

HEALING THROUGH SWEAT LODGE PRACTICE

BY NATIVE AMERICANS IN PRISON

EMILY R. BRAULT

Dissertation under the direction of Professor Volney P. Gay

This project is concerned with the traditional ceremonial practice of the sweat lodge by Native Americans in prison. In this dissertation I explore the ways in which the legacy of colonization and oppression affect Native American inmates, and whether the sweat lodge practice provides these inmates with a means of resistance to systems of oppression and assimilation, and, if so, how this resistance is accomplished. Through interviews with inmates and research, I discovered an interdependent link between cultural and personal renewal and healing for these inmates. Sweat lodge practices provide for learning about heritage and self in ways that can promote healing and growth.

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