Traps

Healing Circles writer Roger Fernandes (University of Washington) is from the Lower Elwah S'Klallam reservation located on the Olympic Peninsula. An educator for 30 years, Fernandes has developed the structural model for our curriculum project which is using Hero's Journey stories to teach people health and wellness. He especially acknowledges elders as that primary source of guidance saying, "It's a very important aspect of the journey."

"You need an elder to guide you - to help you to figure things out. In the story, Elder appears to help you. "And so that's the hero's journey of transformation - of transforming from one person who's alone, confused and wandering into a person who has a place in their culture and has an understanding of who they are."

Traps are always situated in our paths, yet we seldom see them along the way. Sometimes we’re aware of traps, but we think we’re clever enough to get around them. (“I won’t get caught…”) We think we can outsmart or outmaneuver traps, even when logic indicates otherwise. Roger talks about traps and how they work, why even the smartest get caught, and what we can do once we find ourselves beyond self-control. To find the answers for where we’re headed, we might just have to look at where we’ve been.