As common with many Native people, Judy Blue Horse Skelton comes from a mixed tribal background, being Nez Perce from Idaho and Cherokee and Chickasaw from Oklahoma. Speaking on behalf of her people, Judy Blue Horse Skelton shares her thoughts on some of the intangible aspects of historical trauma. Judy reflects on the ways trauma has defined our lives, generation to generation, and offers some strategies for moving beyond the effects of that trauma.
Judy Blue Horse Skelton has thought about the ways Native people are affected by historical trauma, with many of those being indirect. She refers to the repeated patterns of historical trauma as having “genetic memory.”
While the effects of historical trauma have devastated Native people generation to generation, Judy has not lost sight of the fact that it is through our Native ways that we will rediscover our healing.
“I think there’s something going on. The plant world, animal world, water, land; it’s all working to help in this healing process . . . prophecy talks about there being a time when people will come together again. And it feels like we are in that time.”