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Friday, 22 June 2012 18:41

Jay Caffin – spiritual healer

Jay Caffin is a spiritual healer who now lives and practices in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He uses his ability to perceive energy and communicates with it in order to help people, and to solve problems of the material world. I talked to him about the energy - his greatest passion and work.

Monday, 21 November 2011 17:38

A Global Lens on Indigenous Health

Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (CAHR), University of Victoria, Victoria City, Vancouver Island

The University of Victoria (UVic) is a research intensive university considered a leader in Indigenous and cultural studies, with strong ties between Indigenous communities and researchers from a diverse range of disciplines. Established in 2008 the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research is dedicated to promoting and engaging in health research, in partnership with Aboriginal peoples (locally and globally), to improve their health. It is now a leading authority worldwide on Aboriginal health that is searching for a 'global lens on Aboriginal health', which made this visit all the more worthwhile. It was an excellent opportunity to find out more about Canada's Aboriginal health issues, and by comparing their problems, research and problem-solving methods with Taiwan's, to see how the issues were interlinked for Indigenous peoples all over the world. and what policies could be initiated to combat these problems.

When we arrived at CAHR we were greeted by researchers and several doctoral candidates. The director, first introduced the overarching missions of the centre, before the researchers introduced their personal research and discoveries in areas such as: suicide rates in different Indigenous communities, bringing together traditional Indigenous healing methods, western healthcare and the links between a healthy cultural heritage and healthy people in different tribes.

Filmed by Cerise Phiv, edited by Nick Coulson, subtitled by Adrienne Chu

For readers in Mainland China:

"At the UVic Centre for Aboriginal Health Studies, I asked one of the professors who attended the conference if the suicide rate of Canadian Indigenous people was higher than non-Indigenous Canadians. He said it was. He conjectured that the reasons for this were that the majority of these suicides were among those Indigenous people who had gone to big cities to seek their livelihoods, and as a result were put under great pressure; He said in the cases he had looked into, the more identification Aboriginal people had with their own tribe, the less likely they were to have suicidal thoughts. I really believe that identity has a massive effect on people."
Gyusi Meihua (Department of Indigenous Languages and Communications, National Dong Hwa University, Atayal Nation)



"During the discussion at the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, I realized that the issues are very similar in Canada and Taiwan, yet the way of dealing with the issues, are very different. For example, their solution to a lack of medical personnel was a project for increasing personnel. Yet, when they discovered that it was not successful in increasing the number of personnel returning to the tribes, they rapidly abandoned the plan. However, Canada, like Taiwan, had not yet produced a solution to the national health insurance problem. While everyone pays the same amount, people in the cities have far better access to medical healthcare than the Indigenous communities in remote areas. This becomes a question of fairness."
Wilang Watah (School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Atayal Nation)



"Because it relates to my major I was more concerned with the issues raised at the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research. The Canadian government has already built a national research centre for Indigenous healthcare. But here in Taiwan, we’re still in lack of proper research facilities or plans that may actually improve Indigenous peoples health status. This visit helped me to see what more we can do in the future."
Rimuy Watan (School of Nursing, National Yang-Ming University, Atayal Nation)


Photo by C. Phiv

Thursday, 01 May 2008 00:24

Traditionalist health and healing in a Western and Christian world

"Health is the spiritual, emotional, physical health of people connected very much to their sense of belonging to a place, and belonging to people, and belonging to specific groups of people."

The Aboriginal people of the Kimberley desert region of Western Australia, the Puntu, are aware that there are many sources and causes of physical pain, sickness and even death. They also believe they can choose various avenues to achieve personal healing and wellbeing. There is the maparn (the traditionalist healer), the clinic nurse and the church. They all, in their own distinctive ways, can provide some form of healing to a sick person.

In this paper I will take a very particular approach to Shamanism through the work of these desert medicine men or maparn and their practice around healing. I will explain how desert Puntu understand the work of maparn while revealing key cultural aspects of being alive (kana), well (palya) and sick (nyurnu). This will lead to a discussion on the relationship between traditionalist and Christian practice, and how the desert social body can become a contested site for health and well being.
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