Guided by the Spirits is a case study of youth suicide in the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Written by a member of the tribal community, this study focuses on qualitative methods, indigenous experience, and collaborative approaches to explore the social and historical significance of youth suicide in an Ojibwa community. Guided by the Spirits combines traditional methods of analysis, extracts of interviews and field notes, and creative ethnographic writing to present the relationships between culture, history, identity, agency, and youth suicide. This book is a must read for lay readers, policy makers, and researchers who seek a window into contemporary Native American life as well as a critical interpretation of youth suicide in indigenous societies.
"Suicide among Native youth is of epidemic proportions throughout Indian country today. Seth Allard's Guided by the Spirits confronts suicide head on and challenges the reader, whether Native American or non-Native, to do something to stop the tragic deaths so that Native youth can live their futures."
Levi Rickert, publisher and editor, Native News Online
Description of Indigenous Peoples Audience Government, Demographics, and Economy Maps, Local and Region 1. Introduction 2. Overview of Suicide in the Sault Tribe 3. What is an "Indian"? Conflicted Identity in the Sault Tribe 4. Hopelessness Kills: Development of Risk Factors for Youth Suicide and Barriers to Treatment and Relief 5. Prevention: An Approach to Mental Health Care and Treatment Models, Indicator of Social and Cultural Values 6. Conclusion: Meanings Epilogue Appendix: Interview Questions Bibliography