Decolonising Identity Stories by Tileah Drahm-Butler

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 9 comments

Decolonising Identity Stories by Tileah Drahm-Butler

This presentation aims to bring forth conversation on the ways that narrative therapy can be used as a decolonising practice, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and skill in resistance is honoured and talked about in a therapy setting.

Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durrumbal woman who lives and works in Kuranda, in Far North Queensland.  Tileah is a Social Worker in a hospital setting, currently working in Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units. She completed the Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2014 and is passionate about finding ways to describe Narrative Therapy practices in ways that are culturally resonant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Furthermore, in the work that Tileah does, she continues to learn alongside the people who she meets to create and re-create narrative practices that are culturally resonate, and that are shaped by cultural and spiritual practices.

For more information

Aboriginal narrative practice: Honouring Storylines of price, strength and creativity
by Barbara Wingard, Carolynanha Johnson and Tileah Drahm-Butler

Published on November 27, 2015

9 Comments

  1. Thank you Tileah for sharing your work. I am hopefully that non-indigenous people in the cities can hear more and more strong stories – it is good for all of us.

  2. Thank you Tileah for sharing your story and stories!!! I am inspired to share this video with many friends from both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. I am currently a PHd candidate and really hope to link via email with you!!! Kindest regards, Melanie Murad Baldwin

  3. Wow, the story is so similar to my Navajo culture. We still live with a lot of shame, racism, and disrespect in our communities. But, as Navajo people we still hang on to our culture and tradition today and we are still strong.

    Thank you for sharing your presentation.

  4. The concept of a ‘strong story’ really left an impression on me. What a powerful idea.

  5. Amazingly inspiring story that opens space for us all to see how colonization still affects indigenous people today. Tileah offers a way through the damage towards an understanding of the reasons why indigenous people are suffering. Then she gives us a brilliant map of how to untangle the yarn that has caused this suffering.

  6. Beautiful Tileah, it was lovely to sit and listen to your story about shame and how you questioned it in so many ways. Your practice is so honoring, both in resistance and survival. You are an inspiration.

  7. This was brilliant, it pulls together important aspects of what I have learnt already and I really like the story behind the story concept in particular. What a great young woman!

  8. Sylvie St-Jacques

    Acknowledging people as “the experts of their lives…” Profound yet simple idea. Great talk!

  9. What an amazing, beautiful and strong young woman. She speaks with such clarity and holds great knowledge and wisdom beyond her years. It strengthens my spirit and fills it with hope to know we have leaders/healers like her with in our communities. Keep up the deadly work sister.

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