Healing the Warrior’s Heart

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 16th, 2013 Last Updated on: December 16th, 2013

Healing the Warrior’s Heart is a production of the Western Folklife Center in collaboration with Gary Robinson of Tribal Eye Productions, and KUED Channel 7, Salt Lake City’s PBS affiliate. The documentary sheds new light on an affliction as old as war itself: something we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Healing the Warrior’s Heart examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society. For centuries tribal cultures have used healing songs and ceremonies to cleanse their warriors of war, and despite the loss of language and culture among many tribes, these traditions remain vital on several reservations in the West. And they hold lessons for our nation as it struggles to bring comfort to the latest generation of warriors suffering from PTSD. Despite great efforts by medical and military professionals to treat PTSD many veterans continue to suffer from it, and there is a small but growing community of psychologists, counselors and clergy who are looking toward Native American traditions to bring healing to our suffering soldiers.

Watch the trailer below:

For more information and to learn how you can help fund the project, please visit Western Folklife Center.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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i suffer from PTSD even tho i was never in the the war zone.
i was state side during vietnam was active duty in usaf in 1973 and 74 i still have a hard time putting the monsters in my mind away. they still haunt me.. i have moved far away from every one i knew in hopes that the nightmares will go away….i am sorry to say that documentry brought it all back . now i must start all over blocking it out..i thank you tho for helping other veterans maybe one day my monsters will finally go away forever and then i will finally feel alive


This would be a great.thing if it works!

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