A Native American Tribe Is Using Traditional Culture To Fight Addiction

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A year and half ago, Gabe Stewart stood in tribal court pleading guilty to felony charges because he stole money from his family to support his opioid addiction. In January, his community honored him for overcoming addiction and watched as his case was dismissed entirely.

Stewart is a member of the Penobscot Nation in Maine, a state hit hard by the opioid crisis. American indigenous communities like his are also some of the hardest hit, with overdose deaths for rural American Indians and Alaska Natives rising by 519 percent between 1999 and 2015, more than double the increase nationally.

When Stewart faced felony charges related to his addiction to Percocet, he was able to benefit from his tribe’s unique approach to addiction. Recognizing that issues with substance abuse in native communities often arise from intergenerational trauma, the Penobscot Nation attempts to reacquaint criminal drug offenders with tribal traditions and cultural practices to help them make a full recovery.

Tribal members who commit substance abuse-related crimes can enter a program called the Healing to Wellness Court, which operates something like a traditional drug court but offers a cultural curriculum.

VICE News followed Stewart on his last day in the Healing to Wellness Court.

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Assyrian Culture in the Middle East and in Diaspora

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Fadi Davood from the University of Toronto presented “Of Patriarchates and their place in Assyrian Identity.” Alda Benjamen from the University of Pennsylvania Museum & Smithsonian Institution presented “Between Negotiation and Resistance: Baghdadi Assyrian intellectuals (1970s-1980s).” Eden Naby presented “Preservation of Aramaic through Word and Music.” Third of three sessions in a daylong symposium.

Speaker Biography: Fadi Davood is a lecturer at the University of Lakehead in Ontario, Canada.

Speaker Biography: Alda Benjamen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, in the Office of the Undersecretary for Museum and Research. She works as a historian specializing in cultural heritage documentation and preservation. Benjamen completed her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History recently at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Speaker Biography: Eden Naby is an Assyirian-Iranian-Assyrian cultural historian of Central Asia and the Middle East. She was born in the Assyrian village of Golpashan, located outside Urmia in Iran.

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Tuning Your Drum Kit presented by Josh Fisher from Jesus Culture

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Sweetwater’s Nick D’Virgilio is joined by Josh Fisher from Jesus Culture to talk about tuning your drum kit for performance. After the video, check out drums at Sweetwater here:

Dr. John Sullivan: Being Christian in an Unchristian Culture (May 17, 2015)

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Dr. John Sullivan’s sermon at FBC JAX Downtown Campus on May 17, 2015

John Sullivan served for the Florida Baptist Convention for 26 years. He now serves as the Senior Adult Evangelist-in-Residence at FBC JAX.






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ACAWF (African Culture & Wellness Festival ) will be held in the mountains of Aburi, February 9, 2019. The theme for this year is “Our Land Our Sovereignty,” which compliments Ghana’s 2019 “Year of Return” for Africans in the diaspora perfectly. The host of the festival, Dr. Sharita is a naturopathic doctor from the U.S. and is now residing in Ghana as the CEO of New Body Products of Ghana, originally established 1976 in Compton, California US. Dr. Sharita has been helping people heal themselves through natural foods, herbal medicine, exercise, and meditation for over 30 years. You can find out more information about the festival at www.acawf.com

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Black Culture of Detroit and the Black Bottom Neighborhood

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Recent efforts to promote the rich cultural heritage of African Americans in Detroit reflect the healing of decades of targeting African American neighborhoods, such as the Black Bottom.

Kate Hennessy – Repatriation, Digital Media, and Culture in the Virtual Museum

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Many Canadian First Nations and Aboriginal organizations are using digital media to revitalize their languages and assert control over the representation of their cultures. At the same time, museums, academic institutions, and individuals are digitizing their ethnographic collections to make them accessible to originating communities. In this presentation I will explore how the term “virtual repatriation” is being applied to the digitization and return of heritage to Aboriginal communities, and draw attention to the opportunities, challenges, and critiques associated with digitization, circulation, and remix of Aboriginal cultural heritage. I will discuss recent projects including the collaborative production of a Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit with the Doig River First Nation, a Dane-zaa community in northeastern British Columbia, and a current collaborative production of a virtual exhibit with members of the Inuvialuit community in the western Arctic and curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. I will show that while access to cultural heritage in digital collections can facilitate the articulation of intellectual property rights to digital cultural heritage—-including the right to restrict circulation—-it also amplifies the difficulty of enforcing those rights. Kate Hennessy is an Assistant Professor specializing in Media at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). She has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and an MA in the Anthropology of Media from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. As the director of the Making Culture Lab at SIAT, her research explores the role of digital technology in the documentation and safeguarding of cultural heritage, and in the mediation of culture, history, objects, and subjects in new forms. Her video and multimedia works investigate documentary methodologies to address Indigenous and settler histories of place and space. She is a founding member of the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective, an international group exploring the borders of anthropological, curatorial, and artistic practice ( As assistant editor of the journal Visual Anthropology Review, she designed its first multimedia volume. Her work has been published in journals such as American Indian Quarterly, Museum Anthropology Review, and Visual Anthropology Review. She was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar from 2006-2010, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholar from 2005-2009, a Canadian Polar Commission Scholar in 2006-2007, and a Commonwealth Scholar in 2001-2002.

A Culture of Intentional Discipleship in the Catholic Parish

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The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City supports parishes in developing a culture of intentional discipleship. This video explains one of the practical ways by which this is done, through small group discipleship studies for adults. After an overview, several participants share their experience.

Flowing Tides: Musical Memory, History and Global Culture in County Clare, Ireland

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Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin discussed his book, “Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape.”

Speaker Biography: Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a leading authority in Irish traditional music, history, memory and diaspora research. He is a prolific writer, speaker and performer. A five-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper, concertina player and former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band, he has presented more than 1,000 concerts on four continents during the past 30 years.

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