INMED and MPH programs host book signing for faculty at UND Bookstore Nov. 25

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Indians Into Medicine and Master of Public Health programs are proud to announce an exciting cross-disciplinary book event.

On Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, INMED Assistant Professor Dr. Nicole Redvers will host a book signing for her new title, The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles (North Atlantic Books, 2019), at the UND Bookstore. Dr. Redvers will share the table with NDSU Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Dr. Denise Lajimodiere, author of Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors (North Dakota State University Press, 2019).

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first hour will consist of a discussion lead by Drs. Redvers and Lajimodiere, followed by Q&A. The second hour will be the actual book signing and a chance to meet the authors:

Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors
Denise Lajimodiere’s interest in American Indian boarding school survivors stories evolved from recording her father and other family members speaking of their experiences. Her research helped her to gain insight, a deeper understanding of her parents, and how and why she and her siblings were parented in the way they were. That insight led her to an emotional ceremony of forgiveness, described in the last chapter of Stringing Rosaries. The journey to record survivors stories led her through the Dakotas and Minnesota and into the personal and private space of boarding school survivors. While there, she heard stories that they had never shared before. She came to an understanding of new terms: historical and intergenerational trauma, soul wound. Stringing Rosaries presents a brief history of the boarding school programs for Indigenous Americans, followed by sixteen interviews with boarding school survivors, and ending with the author’s own healing journey with her father.


The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principle
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Indigenous naturopathic doctor Nicole Redvers pairs evidence-based research with traditional healing modalities, addressing modern health problems and medical processes. Modern medical science has finally caught up to what traditional healing systems have known for centuries. Many traditional healing techniques and medicines are often assumed to be archaic, outdated, or unscientific compared to modern Western medicine. Nicole Redvers, a naturopathic physician and member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation, analyzes modern Western medical practices using evidence-informed Indigenous healing practices and traditions from around the world, from sweat lodges and fermented foods to Ayurvedic doshas and meditation. Organized around various sciences, such as physics, genetics, and microbiology, the book explains the connection between traditional medicine and current research around epigenetics and quantum physics, and includes over 600 citations. Redvers, who has traveled and worked with Indigenous groups around the world, shares the knowledge and teachings of health and wellness that have been passed down through the generations, tying this knowledge with current scientific advances. Knowing that the science backs up the traditional practice allows us to have earlier and more specific interventions that integrate age-old techniques with the advances in modern medicine and technology.