Turtle Medicine is an innovative approach to self-growth developed by Dr. Jollie-Trottier that uses spiritual and cultural symbolism and Anishinaabe teachings to explore traumatic healing through art, writing, and storytelling. Through experiencing her own trauma, Dr. Jollie-Trottier began a search for what she now calls Good Medicine. Her efforts resulted in the discovery of a continuous and deep healing from within her spiritual, cultural, and creative energy that comes from the Mickinock (Turtle) teachings of the Anishinaabe people.
Turtle Medicine, in its entirety, is a three-day workshop. Dr. Jollie-Trottier engages her audience in cultural, spiritual, and creative communication about topics associated with modern day psychology, such as trauma and healing art. Each participant will share in creating their own healing symbols, medicine paintings, and storytelling project. A light lunch will be included on April 27 and April 28.
Native artist workshops are free to Native American artists as part of Plains Art Museum’s Creativity Among Native Artists initiative (contact email@example.com for more information), but all participants will still need to register.
Tami Jollie-Trottier, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a North Dakota-based clinical psychologist specializing in Indigenous behavioral health and healing. Also known as Misko Noodin Ikwe (Red Wind Woman) and Winter Bloom (Anishinaabe names given to her by Native elders), Dr. Jollie-Trottier is known nationwide for her workshops, training, and presentations in the field of psychology, anxiety and trauma, art, and Indigenous issues. She has over 20-years of experience in the area of mental health service delivery in Indian Country. Jollie-Trottier has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, including a 2016 Bush Foundation Fellowship. Through this fellowship she established an organization in her tribal community of Belcourt called Generation Art as a space to help mobilize tribal communities by strengthening cultural identity, resiliency, and leadership through expressive art.