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Weaving Threads of Culture: Working Effectively with American Indians (AI) and Alaskan Native (AN)

Course Description:

Weaving the Threads of Culture: Working Effectively with American Indians (AI) and Alaskan Natives (AN) is a series of lessons aimed at providing you with the information needed to improve your ability to communicate more effectively with the American Indian/Alaska Native community in which you work as a health provider, health planner, counselor, or however you interact with the native communities. We will provide a view of many aspects of American Indian culture and hopefully remove any stereotypes you may have acquired over your lifetime. Similar to the stages followed when weaving a blanket, a basket or a sash, each of the lessons will depict a different aspect of cultural competence. Just as all of these actions are necessary for the weaving to be a success, the lessons in this cultural competency course are necessary to help you work effectively with American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Learning Objective:

  • Identify components of culture
  • Explain cultural competence
  • Describe the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity
  • Describe key elements of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) culture