Featured Presenters - Episode 1
Dr. Patrisia Gonzalez (Kickapoo, Comanche, Macehual)
Dr. Patrisia Gonzales is the grand/daughter of Kickapoo, Comanche, Macehual peoples. Dr. Gonzales descends from three generations of traditional healers who were midwives, herbalists, bonesetters, and traditional healers who did ceremonial medicine.
She is a carrier of her family's Mesoamerican lineage and has apprenticed with Nahua traditional healers in Mexico for three decades.
She is a traditional birth attendant and herbalist and in a traditional practice has worked with cancer patients, trauma survivors, and Indigenous peoples in an Indigenous clinic setting. She has created formulas for inflammation, coldness, to improve the pulse of life, deep immunity, nerve and muscle pain, nervousness, embedded imbalances, and vulnerable life force and medicine teas for use in prayer.
She has written extensively on traditional Indigenous understandings of trauma and ways to address it.
She teaches beginning and advanced courses about Traditional Indigenous Medicine at the University of Arizona and is one of the few scholars with expertise in Mesoamerican and American Indian traditional medicineways.
She is the author of five books, including Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing (University of Arizona Press 2012) and Traditional Indian Medicine: American Indian Wellness (Kendall Hunt 2016). The e-book is the first textbook on Traditional Indian Medicine and contains a curriculum she teaches with links to videos, readings, and websites.
She is a mother maker and baby catcher, using the medicines on her altar, her bundle, and her hands to bring life into this world.
Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Camie Jae Goldhammer is a Clinical Social Worker and Lactation Consultant.
Camie is the founder and chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. She is also a founding mother and President-Elect of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color.
In 2013 she became Washington State's first Native American IBCLC.
She is a member of the Center for Social Inclusion’s First Food Racial Equity Cohort. She worked as a Campaign Director with MomsRising working to bring paid family and medical leave to Washington State which was signed into law in July 2017.
In fall 2017 Camie along with Kimberly Moore-Salas, IBCLC (Diné) launched the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor Certification (IBC) which is a 45-hour foundational lactation counselor program for those that identify as Native/Indigenous/First Nations. Together they have trained over 220 IBC across Turtle Island.
In November 2018 Camie was elected to the board of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She has been involved on multiple levels with the development of the Open Arms Peer Counseling program.
Most days you will find Camie working as the Program Manager for United Indians of All Tribes’ Daybreak Star Doulas. She is a National leader on topics of racial equity and first food justice