What is the Medicine Wheel?
Medicine wheels are symbols within Indigenous culture, originating from physical stone monuments orienting the four directions. Most medicine wheels follow the basic pattern including a center with outer "spokes" facing the cardinal directions - East, South, West, and North. Different interpretations of the medicine wheel have included the four seasons, the four elements, or the four stages of life.
Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre. (2021). [The Medicine Wheel] [Photograph]. http://trauma-informed.ca/trauma-and-first-nations-people/cultural-practices/the-medicine-wheel/. Trauma Informed Relationships: Building Safety and Trust | SE First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program - Essential Learning (sehc.com)
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Schroeter, Annette, Brunton, Nicole, Kakekagumick, Kara, Cromarty, Helen, Linkewich, Barbara, O'Driscoll, Terry, & Kelly, Len. (2017). Using the first nations medicine wheel as an aid to ethical decision-making in healthcare. Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 37(2), 179–190.
Twigg, Robert C, & Hengen, Thomas. (2009). Going Back to the Roots: Using the Medicine Wheel in the Healing Process. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 4(1), 10–19. https://doi.org/10.7202/1069345ar
Hersley, R., Morriseau, R., House, K., 4 Sight, Motion Visual Communications, & First Nations Films. (2005). The medicine wheel. Motion Visual and First Nations Films.
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