From the press release:
“Recognition: A Cherokee Journey to Forgiveness and Healing,” a talk by Patricia Grant, will take place at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. It is free and open to the public, and lunch is provided.
Grant is a licensed social worker and program manager for Analensigi, a mental health and substance abuse program on the Qualla Boundary. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Grant approaches her healing work in the context of current Cherokee experience which is impacted by historical grief and trauma that are part of Cherokee heritage.
Grant is a founding member of the Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition, which has organized a 2012 Journey to Forgiveness, including traveling the Trail of Tears in reverse, holding conferences on both ends. Her presentation will focus on relevant history and plans for the Forgiveness Journey.
“Recognition: A Cherokee Journey to Forgiveness and Healing” will support the first of four healing steps – recognition, acknowledgement, forgiveness and change – identified by the Healing and Wellness Coalition and Cherokee elders.
This talk is sponsored by these UNC Asheville programs and departments: Arts and Ideas, History, Honors, Literature and Language, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship. For more information, please call 828/232-2992.