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133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Margaret P. Moss, DSN, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Weaver-Densford Hall 6-101, 308 Harvard ST, Minneapolis, MN 55455, 612-624-2972, email@example.com
PURPOSE: To provide insight into constructions of aging and Zuni elders. DESIGN & METHODS: Classical ethnographic field techniques were used to collect data during 1800 hours of fieldwork on Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. FINDINGS: Indigenous constructs are firmly rooted in Zuni traditions. Most elders find it essential to stay on a traditional path, although, it is undeniable that western constructions also exist in their cosmos. Zuni traditions triangulate with perspectives from the West to form a fluctuating middle that stays within prescribed boundaries of a ‘box' bounded by the four directions and the zenith and nadir planes. The degree to which an elder remains oral vs. literal, ages in the ‘Zuni Way', and within a sacred domain greatly affects decision-making, as well as action and or inaction in aging. IMPLICATIONS: Understanding perspectives rooted within an “inside-the box” paradigm, valuing the old, the ancestors and the Zuni way will assist in deriving, relevant Gerontological theories and programs for these American Indian elders.
Keywords: American Indians, Religion
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.
The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA