Friday, May 25, 2012

NPR to air Memorial Day story on Utah veterans using sweat lodge ceremonies to overcome PTSD

In honor of Memorial Day, NPR's All Things Considered is airing our Deep West Radio Documentary about an unusual healing ceremony that is being offered to veterans at the Salt Lake City VA Center—a Native American sweat ceremony. Conducted by a medicine man in a dome-shaped structure or lodge, these sweats are helping veterans overcome symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and are drawing increasing numbers of non-native veterans. This story is part of a larger documentary project called First Nation Warriors that is in development by the Western Folklife Center's Media Department.This television documentary will explore Native American service in the US military, and the warrior traditions that help returning soldiers readjust to life back home.

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