Guided by the Spirits is a case study of youth suicide in the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Written by a member of the tribal community, this study focuses on qualitative methods, indigenous experience, and collaborative approaches to explore the social and historical significance of youth suicide in an Ojibwa community. Guided by the Spirits combines traditional methods of analysis, extracts of interviews and field notes, and creative ethnographic writing to present the relationships between culture, history, identity, agency, and youth suicide. This book is a must read for lay readers, policy makers, and researchers who seek a window into contemporary Native American life as well as a critical interpretation of youth suicide in indigenous societies.

chapter 1|37 pages


chapter 2|28 pages

Overview of Suicide in the Sault Tribe

chapter 4|26 pages

Hopelessness Kills

Development of Risk Factors for Youth Suicide and Barriers to Treatment and Relief

chapter 5|25 pages


An Approach to Mental Health Care and Treatment Models, and Indicator of Social and Cultural Values

chapter 6|4 pages


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