Indian: Native-American, explorer thought they had reached East Indies

Indian: Native-American, explorer thought they had reached East Indies

Hmong Means Free? This short article is a response to the Author, Chan, in regard to the book Hmong means Free. This article is not to criticize but to clarify the misunderstanding of the meaning of the word “Hmong”. Chan has stated that “The word Hmong means ‘free’” (1994:3). Let me begin by saying that […]

Folk medicine: Native American healer, anthropologist

Folk medicine: Native American healer, anthropologist

Shamans of the Hmong community One of my most recent stories for “Quality of Life” on KVPR-FM was about ancient health practices in the Hmong community, which are still honored today. When the Hmong immigrated to the Central Valley, their traditional ways often clashed with Western medicine, but education has given both sides a greater […]

Religious spiritual ceremonies among Hmong and Native American

Religious spiritual ceremonies among Hmong and Native American

Cultural Competence in Health Care Alternate Healing Systems Cultures differ considerably in their views about health and illness, and may have strong beliefs in alternate healing systems such as acupuncture among Chinese-Americans, Ayurvedic medicine among Asian-Indians, and religious/spiritual ceremonies among Hmong and Native American individuals. These systems are not always evidence-based but are frequently critical […]

Traditional, spiritual healing: Hmong and Native American communities

Traditional, spiritual healing: Hmong and Native American communities

Engaging the Underserved Traditional and Spiritual Healers Many community members reported that they rely on alternative approaches and traditional healers for dealing with mental illness. Traditional healers were described as respected and trusted community leaders who are a source of strength and empowerment for many community members. The reliance on traditional and spiritual healing approaches […]

Dancers: Mexican Folklorico, Hmong, Native American traditions

Dancers: Mexican Folklorico, Hmong, Native American traditions

The diversity of a diverse city Members of the Hiva Nui group were face to face with the other dancers representing Mexican Folklorico, Hmong, and Native American traditions, teaching them something from their culture and picking up something from the others. To me it was a shining example of the great strength of diversity that […]