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02/08/2006

NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLER, THERAPIST TO SPEAK TODAY AT NOON, 7 P.M.

HARRISONBURG — Dr. Terry Tafoya, trained as a family therapist and as a Native American storyteller, will give two free, public lectures Monday, Feb. 13, at James Madison University.

Tafoya will speak on:

"Many Tongues, One Heart," noon-1 p.m., Highlands Room, Festival Conference and Student Center — Using a Native American legend of the origin of daylight, Tafoya will teach about harmony in diversity, and how humans are taught to interpret life through the cultures that shape them; and,

"Slaying the Dragon and Other Myths-takes of Human Sexuality in the Time of HIV/AIDS," 7-8 p.m., Ballroom A, Festival Conference and Student Center — Tafoya will discuss the historical and contemporary concerns of human sexuality and the resulting effects on HIV, substance-abuse issues and homophobia.

A Taos Pueblo and Warm Springs Indian, Tafoya has used American Indian ritual and ceremony in his work as a family therapist at the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinic at the University of Washington's School of Medicine in Seattle. He also was a professor of psychology at The Evergreen State College, where he directed the Transcultural Counseling Program. In 1988, he co-founded the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, a Centers for Disease Control-funded Minority AIDS Project. In 1989, he created Tamanawit, an international consulting firm.

Tafoya is a national consultant for the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the chief curriculum writer for the Gathering of Native Americans, a national project for Native American Substance Abuse Prevention. He is also on the national teaching faculty for the American Psychological Association and on the international faculty of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation for Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

In 1984, the National Endowment for the Humanities declared Tafoya one of the five "Indians of the 1980s" for his work in mental health. He was also a Ford Foundation fellow.

For more information on the speaker, go to the Web site at www.tamanawit.com.

The guest lecturer's visit to JMU is sponsored by the University Health Center Office of Health Promotion, the Women's Resource Center, the department of health sciences and the Community Coalition on Alcohol Abuse.