Native Women Rising: Ending Violence and Healing Through Digital Storytelling

Alysa Landry – Indian Country – Tuesday, 01 October 2013 (originally published 30 Sept)

Ten women and a man  pose for picture
Participants in the March digital storytelling workshop gather at Blackfeet Community College.
Image: Courtesy nDigiDream

Only four out of 100 residents of Montana’s Blackfeet Nation feel safe, according to Wendy Bremner, a victim’s specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Children on this 3,000-square-mile reservation near the United States-Canada border experience adverse events at more than three times the national average, with 75 percent of them dealing with unresolved trauma. This is contrary to Blackfeet tradition, which calls for song, storytelling and ceremony to help the people overcome anything, Bremner said.

“Safety, love and beauty [were] replaced with trauma, fear and shame,” she said. “Is abuse, turmoil and confusion the new norm for a people that once lived in such beauty…”

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