Last updated: 23 September 1999
Medicine Keepers is an initiative to bring together Indigenous health workers from Montana
(USA) and Queensland (Australia).
In all countries of the world, Indigenous people are and have been keepers of their traditional ways of life. Though marginalized by dominant cultures, they are an extremely valuable resource of traditional knowledge, practice and personal skills which not only may help to improve their health and living conditions, but the conditions of all people in their respective countries.
We've written a paper on Medicine Keepers: Issues in Indigenous Health, in which we examine the impact of non-Indigenous cultures and socio- economic systems on the health of Indigenous Peoples.
Within the context of the United Nations Decade on Indigenous Peoples (1994-2004), it seems more than appropriate to foster the exchange of information, experience, and practice between Indigenous people on bilateral and multilateral levels.
This proposal refers to Indigenous health in Australia and North America by considering the different historical paths of development in the respective regions, and referring to comparable experiences with mainstream cultures, and to ways and means regarding the improvement of living conditions of Indigenous people in these respective regions.
Medicine Keepers is the initiation point for international cooperation between Indigenous People of Montana (USA) and Queensland (Australia) with respect to health care, public health, health promotion, and education.
International and intercultural cooperation presents a long-term challenge, and Medicine
Keepers is proposed to be the organizational framework for a series of meetings between
Indigenous people from Montana and Queensland for the coming 5 years at least.
Further information is available through:
Dr Lori A. Colomeda
Salish Kootenai College
P.O. Box 117
Pablo, MT 59855
Dr Eberhard Wenzel
School of Public Health
Meadowbrook, Qld. 4131
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