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Native Artists Helping Our People Endure (HOPE): A Social Capital Analysis of a Grassroots Art Initiative to Address Youth Suicide in an Indigenous Community

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Native Artists Helping Our People Endure (HOPE): A Social Capital Analysis of a Grassroots Art Initiative to Address Youth Suicide in an Indigenous Community

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Title: Native Artists Helping Our People Endure (HOPE): A Social Capital Analysis of a Grassroots Art Initiative to Address Youth Suicide in an Indigenous Community
Author: Tsosie, Nathania
Advisor(s): Jojola, Ted
Committee Member(s): Isaac, Claudia
Parker, Tassy
Department: University of New Mexico. School of Architecture and Planning
Subject: American Indian
Indians, North America
Native American
Social Capital
Youth Suicide
Indigenous Planning
Community Art
LC Subject(s): Community arts projects
Social capital (Sociology)--New Mexico--Thoreau
Indigenous youth--United States
Indian artists--New Mexico
Teenagers--Suicidal behavior--Prevention
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: This study identifies and examines the components of social capital related to a grassroots initiative to address Indigenous youth suicide through art. The Native Artists for HOPE’s Thoreau Youth Art Project was organized by a small group of professional Native American artists in response to a sudden increase of youth suicide in a community on the Navajo Nation. Built on cultural core values identified by the artists themselves, the day long workshop encourages self-expression and creativity as an alternative to risky behaviors believed by community members to be related to suicide. A brief literature review of social capital including its application to population health models, Indigenous communities, and youth suicide is also included. I argue that social capital is a suitable community-level determinant of health that is consistent with Indigenous health models and the place-based Indigenous worldview. Thus, using my personal experience in organizing the Thoreau Youth Art Project as a narrative frame and selected quotes from Artist Facilitators, this study will identify related components of social capital. I summarize my findings from this research by reflecting on the process of organizing Native Artists for HOPE and the Thoreau Youth Art Project by drawing upon the tenets of Indigenous Planning.
Graduation Date: December 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17457


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