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Sandra L. Garner
Miami University, Oxford (Oxford, OH 45056-1602)

To Come to a Better Understanding: The Medicine Men and Clergy Meetings, 1973-1978, on Rosebud Reservation

This project looks specifically at the Medicine Men and Clergy Meetings held on Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota from 1973-1978 to analyze and articulate the multiple meanings of “understanding” that emerged in this exchange. The two groups stated the purpose of the historic theological discussions was to come to a better understanding. What happens when two very different cultures, with a long history of inequitable power relationships, come to the table to come to a better understanding? What constitutes success? Based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival analysis, this project focuses on the Medicine Men participants, serving as translators, interpreters and cultural mediators. It explores the negotiation of modern political, social, and religious issues from an indigenous perspective. This exchange demonstrates a rich Native intellectual tradition and expands understanding contact zone mediation, making an important contribution to the Bridging Cultures Initiative.

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Project fields:
Native American Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013