The Historical Wisdom Podcast is a conversation with Native Americans living in Inland Southern California about their health experiences and what health care providers should know about how history affects physical health, well-being, and daily interactions. We focus on the concept of historical trauma in the hopes that sharing this information will turn into knowledge and then into wisdom that can transform the delivery of health care. The Historical Wisdom Podcast is produced by the Chihuum Piiuywmk Inach/Gathering of Good Minds Project, a collaboration between Riverside/San Bernardino Indian Health, Inc. and the University of California, Riverside. Our project is funded by an Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For more information visit us at https://GoGM.live
Season 1 Closing Episode
Season 1 of the Historical Wisdom Podcast has come to an end. In this closing episode, we will hear a recap of previous episodes, important takeaways, useful resources for more learning, and a conversation with family physician Dr. Opsahl on her thoughts about the first season of the Historical Wisdom Podcast. Season 2 of the podcast is in the works and we look forward to sharing it with all of our listeners.
So, What Did You Think?
So, What did you think? is a response to our first episode "Our Voices". Our guests identified their own struggles that were similar to what they heard, identified issues that we were missing, and highlighted parts of the conversation where they thought healthcare providers should really take note.
This episode focuses on providers “shock” when they begin working for Indian health. Healthcare providers often report experiencing a large number of patients with high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, substance use, depressions and more. Our conversation with epidemiologist Delight Satter, MPH, describes how genocidal policies create a missing cohort of people, that in turn create pro-birth policies. Additionally, Satter discusses the effects of “weathering” the premature aging effects on populations who experience systematic racism and trauma. These unusual distributions in age lead to healthcare needs that the infrastructure was not designed to support. Along with the legacies of policies that were intended to physically and culturally eliminate Native Americans, the consequences of termination policies on the health care infrastructure in inland southern California, and turnover of physicians in the health system among other structural practices have led to a lack of continuity in care and a constant struggle to address high rates of diseases. Notably, Satter also discusses how the tribes in California have consistently taken the lead in addressing their healthcare needs.
Thoughts about Covid-19
This episode shares conversations with community members on how they are experiencing sheltering-in-place and health care during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Temecula Treaty
One of the most important treaties in California history is the Treaty of Temecula. The Treaty of Temecula is one of 18 unratified treaties between the United States and California tribes. In our conversation with Sean Milanovich we learn that due to the Treaty of Temecula, Tribes were left vulnerable to abuse and subjugation at the hands of settlers and the policies of state lawmakers. Displacement of the tribes made it almost impossible to gather traditional foods and medicines, which took a toll on the health of Tribes. The Treaty of Temecula led to an ehtnic cleansing in which the Indian population plunged from approximately 150,000 in 1846 to around 30,000 in 1870. Notably Sean Milanovich connects the songs that open and close our podcast with the relationships with the enviornment.