Thesis Title

Art and Healing Among the Native Americans

Graduation Date

Fall 1997

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


This research examines the traditional Native American Medicine People of the southwestern United States and their use of the healing arts. The research design is historical, while a holistic healing orientation was emphasized throughout the paper. The specific areas covered in this paper are: 1) An overview of Native American art in the Southwest and its uses; 2) Native American Medicine People; 3) Art within the ritual process; 4) The relationship between art, music, dance, song, and storytelling in the healing ritual; and 5) The relationship between traditional Native American healers and present-day Art Therapists.