Historical trauma, healing and well-being in Māori communities

The high rates of indigenous peoples exposed to traumatic experiences are exacerbated by the affects of historical trauma passed from generation to generation. Research exploring the individual and collective impact of this phenomenon is growing internationally. Yet little is known about Māori practices that facilitate healing from historical trauma. This article aims to analyse the affects of this trauma on Māori by exploring them in the context of the growing body of international historical trauma research. It then discusses how Māori defined well-being traditionally, and outlines the methods used to promote healing from trauma. To summarise, it demonstrates how these methods are being widely used to facilitate healing and discusses how their application across health services will enhance Māori well-being.

MAI Journal 2014: Volume 3 Issue 3

Historical trauma, healing and well-being in Maori communities