Woodrow Morrison, Jr.

As we strive to end violence against all people, we especially focus on those most vulnerable; women, children, and elders within our Native communities. The story and lessons addressing anger help us to understand the need for balancing emotions. They also help us to know that all of our emotions are valuable, and that we must learn to listen to the messages delivered by each one.

In the following lessons, writer Numpa Foxes Singing presents teachings designed to help us re-establish respect and harmony throughout all generations of Native families and communities. These teachings include the integration of positive identity development with building healthy relationships, encouraging appropriate conduct and skills development, and the restoring of traditional cultural values back into our family relationships.

Woodrow F. (Woody) Morrison, Jr. was born of Virginia Elsie Cloud, a Cherokee, and Woodrow F Morrison Sr., a Haida. His parents met as a result of his father being sent to an Indian School in California. His father was a well respected Haida Elder and spoke the Haida language. Woody Jr. began his training with Haida elders as a history keeper when he was three years old. As a young child he enjoyed the depth of his own Haida culture inspired to walk the footsteps of his father as a fisherman. His life changed following 8th grade when he was sent to an Indian School. It was during this time his anger grew and rage began to consume him. His careful study of his own culture as well as the cultural indoctrination of Indian people through his and other’s experiences became a cornerstone to becoming a lawyer and returning to the history and stories of his people. Morrison utilizes his education and his rich Haida roots in transforming the abuses and anger that he and his people have experienced.

Woody has returned to his people to share his insights and wisdom. He provides us a better understanding of anger and domestic violence as we watch and listen to him speak.

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