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September 30, 2006
has become a valuable part of the holistic approach to cultural
competency at Arctic Women in Crisis as they integrate traditional
Inupiaq values into their programs.
"Historically, many of AWIC's clients have been suspicious of the
Western style group format which mainly utilizes talk therapy; some
clients state that they are shy, worry about revealing too much of
their personal history, or simply can't find the words to describe
After one of the art projects the clients shared
'Art in our culture is a way of expressing ourselves... The things we
do let me express how I'm really feeling inside. It's easier for me to
express how I feel through my art than it is sitting around and
talking.' Another participant stated that, 'This art actually showed
me my life before and after and how I can change.'"
Ginny and Barbara
also find that the art also helps the children relax and engage.
"Children who have been traumatized often find it hard to express their
feelings. But something as simple as drawing a picture can begin the
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