Well For Culture is an Indigenous wellness initiative that focuses on healing intergenerational trauma and reimagining Indigenous futures through a holistic, ancestral-based approach to healing, health and wellness. WFC is based on the teaching that Indigenous cultural values, modalities of movements and original foods of our people are inherently based in wellness and are powerful tools for spiritual, mental, physical and emotional healing.
The Evolving Role of Indigenous Fathers: A Conversation with Thosh Collins & Dr. Joshuaa Allison-Burbank
Currently in Native country is a resurgence of Indigenous fatherhood teachings and practices, as well as an evolving role of Indigenous fathers in their families and communities.
In this conversation WFC Co-Founder Thosh Collins sat down with his friend and collegue Dr Joshuaa Allison-Burbank during a Native Wellness Institute Power Event that was live on Facebook.
Josh is a Diné / Pueblo Man and father of 2 from Tohatchi, NM on the Navajo Nation. Josh received an MA in 2015 and a PhD in 2020 in speech-language pathology from University of Kansas. He also attended the University of New Mexico completing undergraduate degrees in speech and hearing sciences. Josh's research and clinical interests include autism spectrum disorder, communication disorders associated with cleft/craniofacial differences, disability surveillance, early intervention, and culturally responsive service delivery. Josh is an adjunct lecturer at the University Vermont Medical Center. Josh has facilitated numerous workshops and technical assistance related to early childhood programming and diversity initiatives across Indian Country. Josh currently works as a speech-language pathology at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM.
Thosh also co-authored, with Josh, a chapter called American Indian Fathers and their Sacred Children in recently the published book called ‘Handbook of Fathers and Child Development’.
Handbook of Fathers and Child Development by Fitzgerald, H.E., von Klitzing, K., Cabrera, N., Scarano de Mendonça, J., Skjøthaug, Th. (Eds.)
To learn more about Josh’s work and consulting business visit his website at https://www.lilmoccasins.com/About.
A Pandemic Update for Native America - Vaccines, Public Health, and Precautions. - Part 1/2
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, tribal Nations and Indigenous people continue to see sweeping impacts of the virus in our communities. This episode explores public health implications and perspectives surrounding the topic.
First, we talk about some of the ways that the virus has impacted our family and communities personally. We then interview Deionna Vigil, a Research Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for American Indian Health. She offers insight into the public health response to the pandemic in Indian Country. She explains how this has shifted over time. She then answers our questions about the vaccine.
This is a 2-part series. The next pandemic episode will be released soon, in which we will explore cultural, spiritual, and wellness-oriented impacts of the virus.
These episodes have been made possible with funding by the National Geographic Society Emergency Fund for Journalists.
Black Lives Matter
In the wake of the murders of Geroge Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the subsequent worldwide reaction, we released a statement expressing our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and our support for the protesters and advocates who are taking a stand against police brutality and racism. This podcast delves deeper into this topic, explaining why it’s important for Indigenous people to support #BLM, how we can do so (outside of the realm of social media), and some personal stories related to the topic of racism. There’s no doubt that wellness and social justice are inextricably connected — this falls under the circle of “Community” in our Seven Circles of Wellness structure. We find it necessary to be good relatives to the Black community during this time, just as they have been supportive of our own civil rights. Thanks for listening.
Indigenized Wellness + Stress Relief in Quarantine
In this episode we give our thoughts on the current global pandemic, and we discuss ways we can all stay grounded and well through Indigenous teachings, using our original model for holistic health, the 7 Circles of Wellness. We provide a short guided session of emotional freedom technique, which is a tool to reduce stress and anxiety.
How to Stay Healthy on Travel
SEASON 2 EP 1 - HOW TO STAY HEALTHY ON TRAVEL ✈️ Welcome back to the WELL FOR CULTURE podcast! We’re starting season 2 with a conversation about staying well on the road. In this episode, you will learn our methods for healthy eating (even in rural areas with few options); why you should try to keep your circadian rhythm on track; how to squeeze in movement/fitness sessions; and how we stay spiritually grounded while away from home. Enjoy your trip, and thanks for tuning in! Remember you can always find us on Apple
Podcasts and Spotify. Let us know what you think of this episode, and comment with any follow-up questions after listening. Send requests for future topics to email@example.com
Our Intertribal Wedding - Episode 10
PODCAST EPISODE 10 : OUR INTERTRIBAL WEDDING // Guess what? We got married this month! It was a beautiful, healthful, spiritually grounding ceremony followed by a 3-day celebration full of friends, family, and Indigenous food. We did things in our own unique way — combining customs from our various tribal nations and adding tweaks of our own to make it all come together. We weren’t planning on doing a podcast episode on this topic, but since the whole thing turned out so nicely, we wanted to tell you about it, inspire some ideas, and invite you to share our happiness. Thanks for listening!
if everyone listens to this . . .
we might all heal . . . so calming and affirming, inspiring in a i actually do it tmrw way, not a wow i feel great when listening but never really do it way. making a real big positive difference in my life and my community! thank you chelsey and thosh, and jillene and everyone.
Chelsea and Thosh on this podcast are the greatest inspirations I have heard yet on how to move yourself and your family to the healthiest values and practices for living a good and strong life. I am hoping so much that there will be many more years of hearing their beautifully heartfelt wisdom for all who have ears to listen.
Chelsea and Thosh are so calming to listen to and their perspectives and outlooks are inspiring. They are great wellness role models for anybody! If everybody thought a bit more like these two, the world would be a better place <3