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Innovative Indigenous Research Methodology


The latest ANS featured article is titled “Symbiotic Allegory as Innovative Indigenous Research Methodology” by Barbara Charbonneau-Dahlen, PhD.  In this article Dr. Dahlen draws on her research focus describing the  experiences of Native American boarding school survivors who were victims and witnesses of abuse, with particular attention to the sustained impact of historical trauma. She provided this message for ANS readers about her background and her research focus:

Barbara Dahlen

I was born and raised in Olga, North Dakota and completed most of my childhood education in a mission boarding school in South Dakota and higher education in North Dakota. I am an enrolled member of the Pembina band of Indians. I earned my doctorate from Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing located in Boca Raton, FL. In recognition of the scant literature that existed on the history of Native American nurses in the United States, I began a long journey of discovery in collecting data on historical trauma.  I came to focus on symbiotic allegory because I  wanted to tell  the indigenous stories in the participants own voices to allow the voice to be heard.  This methodology came with a desire to honor the story that was given to my through honoring the sacred tradition of story at the heart of the research.

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  1. Canada has been working to make up for their shameful history with First Nations Peoples through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Thank you, Dr. Dahlen, for your brave research in the US. How can this country ever heal if we are unable to confront our past? I look forward to seeing more of your research.

    April 13, 2020
  2. Dr Dahlen, your courage in pursuing research among Native American boarding school survivors will help this nation heal. Your dedication and persistence embodies nursing as a most influential force for healing. Thank you. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    April 13, 2020
  3. Laurel Ostrow #

    What exciting work you are doing, Dr. Dahlen. I have so much respect for this innovative and important choice in topic and methodology. Thank you.

    April 14, 2020
  4. John Lowe #

    This is excellent work! This information needs to be shared and the methodology through the sharing of stories is strong, impactful, and resonates truth!

    April 14, 2020

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