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March 1, 2013

Neuroscience, historical trauma and Native Games to meet at Salish Kootenai College this summer
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The International Conference of Traditional Native Games
June 26 – 27, 2013
Salish-Kootenai College, Pablo, MT


Montana: Connecting sciences and native historical trauma is the subject of a June conference hosted by Salish Kootenai College and International Traditional Games Society. 

The  conference brings together Native culture and academic experts with scientists studying social intelligence and brain neurobiology. Discussions will center upon “the mind of America” and its passionate interest for past and present sports play.

“The mind evolved from thousands of years of the Americas’ indigenous peoples’ culture of games," said DeeAnna Brady-Leader.  She said that before contact with western civilization, "vigorous team and individual competitions connected Native people with spirit, healing and power. ...Those concepts combined with Western thought [have] become the structured sports events of today.

"...Neuobiologists have brought new insights into the human experience of ‘play’ as the basic emotional underpinnings of ‘joy.’"

Breaking down educational barriers in public schools and universities will also be addressed.

“The conference goal is to take modern brain research of today and ancient teaching from tribes and enhance the skills by reaching a better understanding of Natives," said ITGS Executive Director, Craig Falcon.  Other issues include "breaking down stereotypes and to also educate on cell memory and how it works with native people.”

Cell memory is often thought of as “the complete blueprint of one’s existence.” It means that our bodies' cells store memories about experiences, sensations, taste, and habits separately from the brain. Just like the brain, these memories are stored through the exchange of chemicals between cells.

Theorists believe that cells may also store information related to traumatic experiences.

For more information and to download registration forms, visit

Founded in 1997, The
International Traditional Games Society works to research, restore and re-introduce Native American Indian games.

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