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Traditional Birth and Health Care for Wabanaki Indigenous Women of Maine

Wabanaki peoples have been in the Northeast from time immemorial. Since the beginning of creation, we were intimately connected to the land,  water, and medicines through ceremony. We will divulge the role of women in our traditional societies as clan mothers, midwives, and healers. Through settler colonialism this traditional way of life was gravely disrupted. Healthcare and religion were intimately stripped from the power of women. Therefore the practice of midwifery, birthing ceremonies, and traditional plant medicines have been largely replaced with a colonial Indian Health Service paradigm. Participants will learn about the reclamation of religion, healing, and midwifery throughout Indian country but especially for Wabanaki people. Non-Indigenous participants will be able to work as allies and support Indigenous reclamation of birth, healing, and traditions respectfully.

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