Gallery: Fighting Against Historical Trauma, the Yup’ik Way

Gallery: Fighting Against Historical Trauma, the Yup’ik Way

Mary Annette Pember

Calricaraq means (Healthy Living) in Yup’ik and is unlike any other mental health professional intervention team. In addition to those trained in traditional western behavioral health, it includes a group of Yup’ik elders with extensive knowledge of their language and culture.

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The Calricaraq team was recently accompanied by ICTMN to witness firsthand the level of care they bring to Alaska communities dealing with traumatic situations.

Called into a Yup’ik village on the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta east of Bethel, Alaska following the recent stabbing death of a young villager by his cousin. The team swiftly went into action working with the entire family sharing past experiences in a hope to work through the tragedy.

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This work is supported by the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and the USC Annenberg/National Health Journalism Fellowship.

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