A Metaphoric Mind

Selected Writings of Joseph Couture

Edited by Ruth Couture and Virginia McGowan
Foreword by Lewis Cardinal

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  • Published: 2013
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 340 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Dr. Joseph Couture (1930-2007), known affectionately as "Dr. Joe," stood at the center of some of the greatest political, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canada. A profound thinker and writer, as well as a gifted orator, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder and traditional healer and as an \ educational psychologist, one of the first Aboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD. His work challenged and transformed long-held views of Canada's Indigenous peoples, and his vision and leadership gave direction to many of the current fields of Aboriginal scholarship. His influence extended into numerous areas-education, addictions and mental health treatment, community development, restorative justice, and federal correctional programming for Aboriginal peoples.

With a foreword by Aboriginal rights activist Lewis Cardinal, A Metaphoric Mind brings together for the first time key works selected from among Dr. Joe's writings, published and unpublished. Spanning nearly thirty years, the essays invite us to share in his transformative legacy through a series of encounters, with Aboriginal spirituality and ancestral ways of knowing, with Elders and their teachings, with education and its role in politicization, self-determination, and social change, and with the restorative process and the meaning of Native healing.
Ruth Couture is a qualitative researcher withextensive experience in marketing research and participatory holisticresearch. She is the author of numerous research reports for theMistissini Cree, for the University of Saskatchewan's IndigenousPeoples' Health Research Centre, and, with Dr. Joseph Couture,for the Aboriginal Peoples' Collection, Public Safety Canada.Virginia McGowan has been involved in appliedanthropology research on the health and well-being of indigenouspeoples for over twenty years. She currently leads research activitiesfor a division of Correctional Service Canada and has published journalarticles and discussion papers for both the federal and provincialgovernments.

ONE Personal Encounter and Ancestral Ways of Knowing
1. Indian Spirituality: A Personal Experience
2. Native and Non-Native Encounter: A Personal Experience
3. Natives and the Earth

TWO Encountering Elders
4. Next Time, Try an Elder!
5. The Role of Native Elders: Emergent Issues
6. Explorations in Native Knowing

THREE Education as Encounter
7. Native Training and Political Change: A Personal Reflection
8. Native Studies and the Academy
9. What Is Fundamental to Native Education? Some Thoughts on the Relationship Between Thinking, Feeling and Learning

FOUR Restorative Justice as Encounter
10. Aboriginal Healing Programs and Plans: Basic Teachings, Concepts, and Core Values for Restorative Justice
11. Aboriginal Behavioural Trauma: Towards a Taxonomy
12. A Window on Traditional Healer Activity: Elements of Healing

FIVE Cornerstone Teachings
On Women and the Woman's Circle
Excerpts from "Dialogues Between Western and Indigenous Scientists"
Recidivism and the Need for Community-Based Healing
Where Are the Stories?
Comments from the Fourth Little Red River Workshop

"My Friend Joe"

Bibliography of Joseph Couture's Works
Publication Acknowledgments