Crooked Beads is a workshop that explores traditional and contemporary Indigenous storytelling as a practice of healing and community building. The workshop is geared toward advocates and healers in our communities to rejuvenate the practice when it comes to connecting with victims of violence. Additionally, how we tell and amplify our story through the lens of our “old ways” helps to decolonize advocacy work. Current western models of advocacy and crisis response have proven damaging to community building and healing. The workshop will allow time for participants to share their story, engage in-group discussion, ask hard questions, and learn subsequent calls to action. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence has incorporated the practice of storytelling as healing which tai explores and identifies best practices.


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Area of Focus

Native American – Decolonizing Survivor Advocacy