Psychoactive agents and Native American spirituality: Past and present

  title={Psychoactive agents and Native American spirituality: Past and present},
  author={Laurence Armand French},
  journal={Contemporary Justice Review},
  pages={155 - 163}
  • L. French
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary Justice Review
Five hundred years of physical and cultural genocide, including prohibitions against traditional aboriginal (pre‐Columbian) customs and rituals, many involving the selective use of psychoactive agents, contributed greatly to the current social, health and economic problems among Native Americans both in Indian Country and in urban Indian ghettos. Accordingly, substance abuse – notably alcoholism – has long been part of the negative Native American image. Most movie‐goers are familiar with the… 
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