This book summarizes and integrates theory and research on adolescents from a diversity of ethnic, economic, and geographic contexts. The book aims to present a more balanced picture of these understudied and misunderstood adolescents by focusing on positive, healthy development.
Chapter 5: Indian Adolescence: Opportunity and Challenge
Indian Adolescence: Opportunity and Challenge
Resiliency and adaptation in the face of adversity have been the hallmarks of success among American Indians for most of their existence as a people. In the distant past, most tribes were nomadic or seminomadic within geographic regions considered to be traditional homelands. With the coming of Europeans, there was a massive redistribution of tribes that continued for several centuries and abated only in the latter part of the last century with the imposition of the reservation system in the United States. The intervening time was marked by enormous year-to-year and even day-to-day changes in the sociopolitical, cultural, and physical environment. All these changes, of course, were accompanied by a great deal of stress, as Indian ...