Walking-With Wellness: Understanding Intersections of Indigenous Literacy and Health Through Podcasting

dc.contributor.authorToorenburgh, Lydia
dc.contributor.supervisorBoudreault-Fournier, Alexandrine
dc.contributor.supervisorLoignon, Christine
dc.date.accessioned2023-01-30T18:29:36Z
dc.date.available2023-01-30T18:29:36Z
dc.date.copyright2023en_US
dc.date.issued2023-01-30
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractHave you ever seen a doctor and been sent home with forms and pamphlets to read and fill out? Reading and writing in English is a key skill for patients to access quality health care in Canada. Recent research demonstrates that patients with low print literacy face greater barriers when accessing and navigating the health system (Rootman and Ronson 2005). Indigenous people often meet greater challenges and, on average, experience poorer health (Loppie Reading and Wien 2009). How do Indigenous people with low print literacy experience the health system? In this research project set in lək̓ʷəŋən territory (Victoria, B.C.), Bungi-Metis student researcher, Lydia Toorenburgh, seeks to amplify the voices of Indigenous people with low print literacy to understand the barriers and challenges they face as well as their strengths and calls to action for the health system. The methodology includes walking-with, kiyokewin, collaborative editing, podcasting, beading, and incorporation of ceremony, and was designed to raise up these underrepresented voices. Lydia embarked on six walking visits through locations the research partners identified as important to their health. Each walk was audio-recorded, collaboratively edited, and made into podcasts. By creating podcasts, the research partners’ voices and knowledges are centralized, amplified, and conveyed untranslated by the researcher. Through collaborative editing and a beading circle, research partners had greater control over their knowledges and narratives. Research encounters were carried out with the Cree-Metis value turned research method, kiyokewin / the visiting way (Gaudet 2019), to share and create knowledge in a relational, culturally relevant manner. The powerful words of these community members help us better understand how low print literacy impacts the quality and accessibility of health care for Indigenous patients. Sharing stories of racism, intergenerational trauma, and clashing worldviews alongside those of resilience, intergenerational healing, and community care, these six knowledgeable storytellers have much to teach all listeners.en_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/14716
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectIndigenousen_US
dc.subjectliteracyen_US
dc.subjectprint literacyen_US
dc.subjecthealthen_US
dc.subjecthealth literacyen_US
dc.subjectFirst Nationsen_US
dc.subjectMetisen_US
dc.subjectInuiten_US
dc.subjectAboriginalen_US
dc.subjectwalkingen_US
dc.subjectpodcasten_US
dc.subjectVictoriaen_US
dc.subjectBritish Columbiaen_US
dc.subjectCanadaen_US
dc.subjectparticipatoryen_US
dc.subjectaudio-visualen_US
dc.subjecthealth careen_US
dc.subjecthealth care systemen_US
dc.subjectracismen_US
dc.subjectkiyokewinen_US
dc.subjectwalking-withen_US
dc.subjectvisitingen_US
dc.subjectcommunity-baseden_US
dc.subjectTwo-Eyed Seeingen_US
dc.subjectIndianen_US
dc.subjectIndian Residential Schoolen_US
dc.subjectIndian Hospitalen_US
dc.subjectanthropologyen_US
dc.subjectIndigenous studiesen_US
dc.subjectdecolonizationen_US
dc.subjectindigenizationen_US
dc.subjectmedicineen_US
dc.subjectmedicalen_US
dc.subjectsound recordingen_US
dc.subjecteditingen_US
dc.subjectkeeoukaywinen_US
dc.subjectmedical anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectethnographyen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.titleWalking-With Wellness: Understanding Intersections of Indigenous Literacy and Health Through Podcastingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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