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The cowrie woman : an excerpt from "know where you're going" a graphic novel in progress / Kaia Chessen.

  • Chessen, Kaia
  • Books

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[Seattle, WA] : [Kaia Chessen], [2017?]

Physical description

17 unnumbered pages : black and white illustrations ; 29 cm


Title from cover.
"Community healing methods remain the only form of healthcare accessible to millions of people worldwide, including many West African populations. Yet, these forms of care are often excluded from the Western healthcare discourse. Stigmatization of traditional healing practices is leading to the extinction of ancient methods and leaving entire communities without an alternative form of care. Meanwhile, foregoing evidence-based treatments for belief systems is a common occurrence with often grave consequences. I chose the comics medium to address diverging healthcare beliefs and practices because of its easily accessible narrative format. With written and graphic storytelling techniques, we can learn by exploring our shared humanity through experiences. "The Cowrie Woman" is an excerpt from a graphic novel in progress based on a series of encounters with Malian and Ghanaian healers and healthcare workers."--Provided by publishers.


  • English

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