• Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Breaking Barriers: A Deaf Amputee’s Inspiring Journey at Healing through Cultural Practices Event

BySamantha Jones

May 20, 2024
Highlighting health professions for Indigenous students

The event, which brought together 77 middle and high school students and 13 chaperones from 12 different communities across the state of Wisconsin, was a huge success. The represented communities included Ashland, Green Bay, Oneida, Shawano, and Appleton.

The day began with drumming and singing from the Twin Tails Singers followed by introductory remarks from Danielle Yancey, the director of NACHP and a member of the Menominee tribe. Yancey expressed support for the students as they embarked on their journey as healers and explained NACHP’s mission to promote healing through cultural practices.

One of the highlights of the event was a special welcome extended to Alaqua Cox, who is deaf and an amputee. Students were given a mini-lesson on how to use American sign language for expressions like ‘thank you,’ ‘hello,’ and ‘applause.’ Cox spoke about her experiences in the entertainment industry and the importance of representation in media. She shared that she did not see people who looked like her or were deaf onscreen when she was growing up. She expressed gratitude for this opportunity to break barriers and inspire others through her work. Her interpreter, Kenturah Holiday, conveyed her message to the audience in sign language.

By Samantha Jones

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