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[book cover] A Metaphoric Mind

edited by Ruth Couture and Virginia McGowan

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August 2013

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Education / Indigenous Studies / Religion & Spirituality



About the Book

Dr. Joseph Couture (1930–2007), known affectionately as "Dr. Joe," stood at the centre of some of the greatest political, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canada. A profound thinker and writer, as well as a gifted orator, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder and traditional healer and as an educational psychologist, one of the first Aboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD. His work challenged and transformed long-held views of Canada's Indigenous peoples, and his vision and leadership gave direction to many of the current fields of Aboriginal scholarship. His influence extended into numerous areas—education, addictions and mental health treatment, community development, restorative justice, and federal correctional programming for Aboriginal peoples.

With a foreword by Lewis Cardinal, A Metaphoric Mind brings together for the first time key works selected from among Dr. Joe's writings, published and unpublished. Spanning nearly thirty years, the essays invite us to share in his transformative legacy through a series of encounters, with Aboriginal spirituality and ancestral ways of knowing, with Elders and their teachings, with education and its role in politicization, self-determination, and social change, and with the restorative process and the meaning of Native healing.


About the Editors

Ruth Couture has authored research reports for the Mistissini Cree and, with Dr. Joseph Couture, for the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre and the Aboriginal Peoples’ Collection, Public Safety Canada.

Virginia McGowan is adjunct associate professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. She has been involved in applied anthropology research on the health and well-being of indigenous peoples for over twenty years.



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DownloadONE. Personal Encounter and Ancestral Ways of Knowing


1. Indian Spirituality: A Personal Experience

2. Native and Non-Native Encounter: A Personal Experience

3. Natives and the Earth

DownloadTWO. Encountering Elders


4. Next Time, Try an Elder!

5. The Role of Native Elders: Emergent Issues

6. Explorations in Native Knowing

DownloadTHREE. Education as Encounter


7. Native Training and Political Change: A Personal Reflection

8. Native Studies and the Academy

9. What Is Fundamental to Native Education? Some Thoughts on the Relationship Between Thinking, Feeling, and Learning

DownloadFOUR. Restorative Justice as Encounter


10. Aboriginal Healing Programs and Plans: Basic Teachings, Concepts, and Core Values for Restorative Justice

11. Aboriginal Behavioural Trauma: Towards a Taxonomy

12. A Window on Traditional Healer Activity: Elements of Healing

DownloadFIVE. Cornerstone Teachings


On Women and the Woman’s Circle

Excerpts from “Dialogues Between Western and Indigenous Scientists”

Recidivism and the Need for Community-Based Healing

Where Are the Stories?

Comments from the Fourth Little Red River Workshop

DownloadMy Friend Joe

DownloadBibliography of Joseph Couture’s Works

DownloadPublication Acknowledgements

DownloadAbout the Editors



In this 2007 video, Joseph Couture of A Metaphoric Mind talks about his work in native healing. (With thanks to Indspire.)