American Indian Heritage Month, Nov. 2005
Diabetes Awareness Day
Authors: Jane Ely, Ph. D., and Sam Beeler, Ph. D.
Presented by Jane Ely, Nov. 19, 2005
Copyright © 2005 Dr. Jane Ely Let me begin by thanking the sponsors and coordinators of this event, the Hawaiian Health Guide, Katie Fisher and Michael Saiz; the Kahuna Valley Peace Project; HMSA; the Hawaiian Tourism Authority; Wilcox Health; and the Radisson Beach Hotel.
Also, I would like to acknowledge and thank the Hawaiian Nation, the spirits and ancestors of this land upon which we reside; and my ancestral American Indian elders who have walked before me— I give gratitude, and thanks for all you have taught through your living-wisdom ways, and by example in ‘walking the talk’. I would also like to offer this paper in support of health, healing and a returning to the teachings of traditional indigenous wisdom, knowledge, and application for our children, the generations who will follow in our footsteps.
Introduction: This paper is in two parts; the first aspect outlines facts, and statistics that are very rarely shared on the epidemic of diabetes in the American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian populations. The second half of the paper explores Traditional Healing Approaches from my American Indian background as a healer, counselor and practitioner. I have also included resources, references and sources for further reading and study for those who are interested, at the conclusion of this paper.