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Our Health

About Traditional Tobacco
(Aboriginal Tobacco Program)

Tobacco 101
(Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board)

Promoting Wise Communities (PDF, 399.2 KB)
(Aboriginal Tobacco Program)

Traditonal Use
(All Nations Breath of Life)

Our Stories

Cultural and Traditonal Uses of Tobacco
(All Nations Breath of Life)
Three personal video narratives about their experiences with tobacco.

Do you Know the Difference?
(Aboriginal Tobacco Program)
Female Youth Poster
Generations of Women Poster
Male Youth Poster

Then and Now: Interview with "Respecting the Tobacco Way"
(Northwest Center for Public Health Practice)
Interview with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center of the Montana Tribal Leaders Council project "Respecting the Tobacco Way."

For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators
Circles of tobacco wisdom: learning about traditional and commercial tobacco with native elders
(Nadeau M, Blake N, Poupart J, Rhodes K, Forster JL)
Circles of Tobacco Wisdom (CTW) was an elder-led, community-based project that aimed to enhance tobacco control in the American Indian community. Its goal was to provide elders with the knowledge, opportunities, and support to enable them to assume leadership of a tobacco control movement that was grounded in the ceremonial traditions of tobacco use. Journal article, 2012.

Sacred Tobacco Use in Ojibwe Communities: Journal Abstract
(Struthers R, Hodge FS, University of Minnesota School of Nursing)
2004 Data from SAMHSA's Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS).

Youth Training Manual: The Sacred Circle of Tobacco (PDF, 721.2 KB)
(A joint project between the Missoula Indian Center, Helena Indian Alliance, and Great Falls Indian Family Health Clinic)
A training manual designed to teach youth about the spiritual and cultural significance of the tobacco plant to Native peoples. The program encourages youth to share their message through presentations, skits, music, the written word, and other methods.

Organizations and Programs

Keep it Sacred
(National Native Commerical Tobacco Abuse Prevention Network)

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