Title of Presentation or Performance

The Art of Healing: A Visual Ethnographic Study of Eliida Lakota’s Journey as an Art Therapist

Major

History

Type of Submission

Poster

Type of Submission (Archival)

Event

Area of Study or Work

Anthropology

Expected Graduation Date

2022

Location

CNS Atrium, Easel 7

Start Date

4-9-2022 8:30 AM

End Date

4-9-2022 9:45 AM

Abstract

Eliida Lakota spent 38 years working in the field of mental health, helping to treat women with eating disorders at OSF in Peoria, Illinois. Lakota’s Native American heritage deeply influenced the therapeutic methods employed in her practice. This research will include a brief summary of art therapy as a discipline, and focus specifically on Lakota’s experience as an occupational art therapist. This research will be conducted with the use of ethnographic data collected during interviews with Eliida Lakota. In order to focus specifically on the healing strategies she undertook with her patients, this research will include a review of relevant literature. For those seeking art therapy treatments, there is great utility in understanding the perspective of professional art therapists themselves.

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Apr 9th, 8:30 AM Apr 9th, 9:45 AM

The Art of Healing: A Visual Ethnographic Study of Eliida Lakota’s Journey as an Art Therapist

CNS Atrium, Easel 7

Eliida Lakota spent 38 years working in the field of mental health, helping to treat women with eating disorders at OSF in Peoria, Illinois. Lakota’s Native American heritage deeply influenced the therapeutic methods employed in her practice. This research will include a brief summary of art therapy as a discipline, and focus specifically on Lakota’s experience as an occupational art therapist. This research will be conducted with the use of ethnographic data collected during interviews with Eliida Lakota. In order to focus specifically on the healing strategies she undertook with her patients, this research will include a review of relevant literature. For those seeking art therapy treatments, there is great utility in understanding the perspective of professional art therapists themselves.