Our goal is to create a single hub of resources focusing on the intersections between cultural arts and medicine. Our interns, Maymunah Ahmed and Rubab Raza, are curating and developing this database, adding in changemakers, local ideas, podcasts, videos, and articles on this growing field. We hope this hub serves as a foundation for asking and answering questions on how to decolonize and reimagine the voices of color and their arts in medical settings. This is a constant work in progress.
If you have any ideas or recommendations, please email our curators at email@example.com.
Culture and Religion in Medicine
Religion and Mental Health: The Case of American Muslims on JSTOR: discusses leading causes of stressors/mental health amongst American Muslims which include an identity crisis and a sense of alienation because of how Muslim Americans face challenging aspects from food to clothes and how children especially are fixed into the mainstream culture and are distanced from their culture.
Mindfulness in Salah Prayer and its Association with Mental Health on JSTOR: This article actually did a study to see how it would help Muslims. And the results were very intriguing, indicating that those who offer prayer regularly and with mindfulness have better mental health as compared with those who don’t offer it regularly and with the mind.
Religion and Disparities: Considering the Influences of Islam on the Health of American Muslims on JSTOR: This article goes into their idea of researching different ways to deal with health in our religion by still abiding by religious values.
Bioethics for clinicians: 19. Hinduism and Sikhism (nih.gov): This research article focuses on how important it is for physicians to have an understanding of Hinduism and Sikhism when helping a patient who is Hindu or Sikh.
Bioethics for clinicians: 21. Islamic bioethics – PubMed (nih.gov): This article focuses on Islamic Bioethics and provides an understanding for physicians who are not familiar with Islam.
Racism and Resistance in Cultural Dance and Arts
The Mindful Muslim Podcast on Apple Podcasts: A podcast about people talking about experiences of mental health struggles as well as professionals working within the field. Also, delving into mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.
What Islam really says about women | Alaa Murabit – YouTube: This is an amazing Ted Talk done by Alaa Murabit who discusses what Islam actually says about Muslim Women
Does resistance through classical dance mean questioning its origins and form? In Conversation With Ranjana Dave by The Swaddle (soundcloud.com)
Indigenous Healing Dances, Cultures, and Arts
Indigenous Native American Healing Traditions (nih.gov): This article focuses on the healing traditions of Native Americans. It mentions how music, dance, and community plays a huge role in the healing energy of the patient. The article also speaks about the importance of integrating indigenous medical practices into modern medicine.
Shamanism, Music, and Healing in Two Contrasting South American Cultural Areas – Oxford Handbooks: This research paper focuses on the diversity of South American culture. The author shows how important shamans and musical healing practices are between two different tribes. The article also shows how spirituality and cultural arts like music plays a big role in medicine
Culture and biomedical care in Africa: The influence of culture on biomedical care in a traditional African society, Nigeria, West Africa (researchgate.net): This article focuses on how traditional methods for treating diseases are big in Nigeria. The researchers bring to light how important it is for health-care systems to understand the socio-cultural construct of the places they are in and integrating that into medicine
Vimbuza or Mashawe: Mystic Therapy: This journal focuses on the Malawi dance healers who cure an illness Malawians call mashawe. To cure it, they do a traditional dance called Vimbuza. The article gives a nice background on the dance and how it is used as traditional medicine.
Clinical Interventions with Cultural Arts
Training the clinical eye and mind: using the arts to develop medical students’ observational and pattern recognition skills – PubMed (nih.gov): This study shows, when the arts, like dance and art, were used together with clinical medicine studies, the medical students had a much wider approach when understanding and connecting with patients.
Changes in cognitive function after a 12-week exercise intervention in adults with Down syndrome – PubMed (nih.gov): This study examines how the brain changes with someone who underwent dance training. The results of this study show how dance-training is a great therapy for patients with certain brain diseases. The study brings a greater understanding of the brain and dance therapy.
Organizations to Know
Making Moves Universal: dynamic movement-based transformational program designed to help people move into a state of being that enhances healing and sustains vitality
Freedom Community Clinic: Community-centered healing for the body, mind, and soul. Integrating ancestral, Indigenous, and holistic healing with the strengths of Western medicine
Institute for Healing & Justice in Medicine (instituteforhealingandjustice.org): Guided by the values of healing, community, and justice, the Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine is an interdisciplinary hub – a community, a research epicenter, and a dialogue space.
The Healthcare Gambit (@thehealthcaregambit) • Instagram photos and videos: A podcast for women in healthcare by women in healthcare
White Snake Project: An activist opera company founded and led by an immigrant woman of color. We integrate social activism with original opera and are redefining how opera is made by investing in new technology and involving young people from our community
The Swaddle: The latest discussions and questions on health and culture in India, with a great podcast with Ranjana Dave- In Conversation With Ranjana Dave by The Swaddle (soundcloud.com)
Pad.ma: Online dance archive of classical Indian dance exponents, rare gems of dance archived here
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