Title

Creativity and Survival: Occupation, Culture, and Native Responses to Colonization of the American Southwest

Start Time

27-10-2007 7:30 AM

End Time

27-10-2007 9:00 AM

Abstract

This proposed plenary session supports the 6th Annual SSO:USA Conference theme of “Culture and Occupation.” The forum will create an opportunity for dialogue between the occupational science community, anthropologists and (pending acceptance) indigenous scholar/activists working to foster the health and well-being of Native peoples. Occupational science draws foundationally on anthropology’s core concept of culture in defining occupation as “chunks of purposeful activity in the lexicon of the culture” (Clark, Parham, Carlson, Frank et al. 1991). Occupational scientists continue to reflect upon, criticize and elaborate upon the concept of occupation. Similarly, anthropologists have continued to reflect upon, criticize and elaborate upon the concept of culture. This plenary session will allow for cutting-edge exchange so that both disciplines can move forward in productive dialogue. Invited scholars include Kathleen Whitaker, Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Les W. Field, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Acting Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico; Ted Jojola, Regents' Professor: School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico. Organizer Gelya Frank, Professor, Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, will participate and moderate the forum.

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Oct 27th, 7:30 AM Oct 27th, 9:00 AM

Creativity and Survival: Occupation, Culture, and Native Responses to Colonization of the American Southwest

This proposed plenary session supports the 6th Annual SSO:USA Conference theme of “Culture and Occupation.” The forum will create an opportunity for dialogue between the occupational science community, anthropologists and (pending acceptance) indigenous scholar/activists working to foster the health and well-being of Native peoples. Occupational science draws foundationally on anthropology’s core concept of culture in defining occupation as “chunks of purposeful activity in the lexicon of the culture” (Clark, Parham, Carlson, Frank et al. 1991). Occupational scientists continue to reflect upon, criticize and elaborate upon the concept of occupation. Similarly, anthropologists have continued to reflect upon, criticize and elaborate upon the concept of culture. This plenary session will allow for cutting-edge exchange so that both disciplines can move forward in productive dialogue. Invited scholars include Kathleen Whitaker, Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Les W. Field, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Acting Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico; Ted Jojola, Regents' Professor: School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico. Organizer Gelya Frank, Professor, Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California, will participate and moderate the forum.