Into the Daylight

Into the Daylight: A Wholistic Approach to Healing

CALVIN MORRISSEAU
Copyright Date: 1998
Pages: 112
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    Into the Daylight
    Book Description:

    A Native healer's guide to a healthy, integrated, and spiritual lifestyle in keeping with First Nations culture and tradition.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7627-5
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-2)
    Calvin Morrisseau
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 3-8)

    I was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, and raised on Couchiching First Nation, a community of approximately 500 reserve residents. Over the years, partly due to increased technology and the result of Bill C-31, many people and many ‘things’ have changed. Growing up, I don’t remember going to restaurants, eating fresh fruit, attending movies, using laundromats, or having running water, indoor toilets, freezers, electric stoves, or paved driveways. I do remember the poverty, the drunkenness, community apathy, and a great need for family secrecy and denial.

    I remember family and friends having to threaten the town of Fort Frances with...

  5. 1 The Individual
    (pp. 9-26)

    Today our young people are going off to school, and often when they return they have to be re-educated. I can best illustrate this through an example:

    A young man returned to his community after attending college for a number of years. He was asked by the elders to address the community on what he had learned and to thank them for the opportunity of his education. As he talked he referred to all the things he had learned and often spoke of ‘I’ or ‘me.’

    The elders sitting in the group listened patiently while the young man spoke. After...

  6. 2 The Family
    (pp. 27-44)

    When I think of my childhood, I remember the times when my father came home drunk. During those times, he was angry and bitter and ready to take it out on whoever was the closest. Sometimes that person would be me. He would bring with him other drunks. I think that is what I hated the most, drunken strangers all around us. We never knew who some of these people were, but it was as if they had complete run of the house.

    It never occurred to me to challenge the belief that my father reigned supreme. I thought of...

  7. 3 The Community
    (pp. 45-60)

    Couchiching First Nation is located on the border of the United States. It is a community much like any other First Nation community. During my childhood, many of the community residents suffered from alcoholism, unemployment, drug addiction, family violence, racism, inadequate water and sewer systems, poor housing, and poor health. This is not uncommon among First Nations communities, which have often been referred to as ‘Third World countries.’ When I was an adolescent, I would often look around my community and dream of the day when I would be able to leave. I believed that by staying in my community...

  8. 4 The Healing Journey
    (pp. 61-84)

    The healing that took place in my family reminds me of a Hopi prophecy of 1830 which read:

    OUR PEOPLE ARE IN THEIR MIDNIGHT

    WE WILL COME INTO THE DAYLIGHT AND BECOME LEADERS

    WHEN THE EAGLE LANDS ON THE MOON.

    Many of us believe the process of healing for aboriginal people also began in 1969, when Neil Armstrong’s lunar vehicle touched down on the moon for the first time and sent the message that theEagle,had landed.

    In our family, this process started with my mother over twenty years ago. For us, my parents’ entry ‘into daylight’ was as...

  9. 5 Into the Daylight: Moving towards Wholism
    (pp. 85-104)

    In most situations, mistrust does not happen overnight. It is usually the result of countless betrayals and inconsistent messages. As a result of those inconsistencies and betrayals, it is very difficult for people to trust in something other than themselves. In my experience, fear is the main block to attaining any degree of spirituality. If we look closely, however, in most cases that fear can turn out to be nothing more than a ‘boogyman’ with no real power to hurt us. The power that fear has over us lies in the mystical belief that others will think negatively of us...