Indian Interrupted: The Story of an Indigenous Man

Authors: Ane Berrett

Disciplines: Psychology, Social Work and Sociology

Themes: Family and Youth, Human Services, Indian Identity

The development of a “self” is an on-going and lifetime process. This case study examines the story of a Native American man, cut off from his land, his culture and his people of origin. It explores the negotiation of his native identity through the lens of Erikson’s developmental stages and the impacts of “Indian identity interrupted.” It explores the bio-psycho-social impacts of trauma as they relate to the fracture of identity and strategies for healing.