An indigenist theory of health advocacy

Regina Idoate, Michele Marie Desmarais, Brittany Strong, Anne Steinhoff, Lilly Tamayo, Gretchen Carroll, Chaulette Decora, Cassie Rhoads-Carroll, Nicole Tamayo-Bergman, Camille Voorhees, Victoria Hoyt

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A circle of intergenerational and intertribal women worked on a unique community-based participatory research study, using art-based and Indigenous research methods in grounded theory to identify an Indigenist theory of health advocacy. Th e Bundle of Seven Strands illuminates ways of knowing, being, and doing that ground and inform a deeper understanding of Native American health advocacy. Th is study can bridge existing knowledge of Indigenous theories with a pragmatic theoretical framework that can be applied and utilized in situations that call for health advocacy in relation to Indigenous Peoples, places, and perspectives. Moreover, this theory can help health program developers and evaluators be explicit about their assumptions about how health advocacy can contribute to culturally appropriate and engaged wellness activities in urban Indigenous communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalGreat Plains Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Art-based research
  • Grounded theory
  • Health advocacy
  • Indigenist
  • Native American

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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