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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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dc.contributor.author Tsosie, Nathania
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-01T17:41:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-01T17:41:18Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-01
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17457
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Society for the Preservation of American Indian Culture, Center for Native American Health en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject American Indian en_US
dc.subject Indians, North America en_US
dc.subject Native American en_US
dc.subject Social Capital en_US
dc.subject Youth Suicide en_US
dc.subject Indigenous Planning en_US
dc.subject Community Art en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Community arts projects
dc.subject.lcsh Social capital (Sociology)--New Mexico--Thoreau
dc.subject.lcsh Indigenous youth--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Indian artists--New Mexico
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers--Suicidal behavior--Prevention
dc.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 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Community & Regional Planning en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. School of Architecture and Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Jojola, Ted
dc.description.committee-member Isaac, Claudia
dc.description.committee-member Parker, Tassy


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