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A Metaphoric Mind

Selected Writings of Joseph Couture

Joseph Couture (1930–2007), known affectionately as “Dr. Joe,” stood at the centre of some of the greatest political, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canada. A profound thinker and writer, as well as a gifted orator, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder and traditional healer and as an educational psychologist, one of the first Aboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD. A Metaphoric Mind brings together for the first time key works selected from among Dr. Joe’s writings, published and unpublished. Shaped by his social science training but also by his apprenticeship in Medicine Ways, his writings allow us to experience the richness and power of fully functional Indigenous culture.

340 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword – ix

Preface- xv

Acknowledgements- xxv

ONE Personal Encounter and Ancestral Ways of Knowing

            Introduction- 3

1.     Indian Spirituality: A Personal Experience- 5

2.     Native and Non-Native Encounter: A Personal Experience- 23

3.     Natives and the Earth- 45

TWO Encountering Elders

            Introduction- 61

4.     Next Time, Try an Elder!- 65

5.     The Role of Native Elders: Emergent Issues- 77

6.     Explorations in Native Knowing- 97

THREE Education as Encounter

            Introduction- 135

7.     Native Training and Political Change: A Personal Reflection- 139

8.     Native Studies and the Academy- 157

9.     What Is Fundamental to Native Education? Some Thoughts on the Relationship Between Thinking, Feeling and Learning- 173

FOUR Restorative Justice as Encounter

            Introduction- 195

10.  Aboriginal Healing Programs and Plans: Basic Teachings, Concepts, and Core Values for Restorative Justice- 197

11.  Aboriginal Behavioural Trauma: Towards a Taxonomy- 225

12.  A Window on Traditional Healer Activity: Elements of Healing- 251


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