Explore Inspirational Lessons in Cultural Resiliency

What makes you strong enough to get through the challenges that life brings to you? The Cultural Resilience Training, offered through the Aseto’ne Virtual Institute, provides an opportunity for participants to learn or expand their understanding in how one’s cultural identity, community, spiritual practices, family, and oral traditions serve them in all of their paths to success. The Cultural Resilience Training, called Medicine Shield, is a ten-week educational journey. Gain insight and tools to build cultural resilience and integrate it into your community, education, and professional journey. Medicine Shield strives to teach participants what resilience means within themselves and their Native communities through a series of lessons that will help participants build resilience as they grow in their life’s journey. This program is open to all interested participant.


The Trainers


Loloma! Nu’ Puhusompi yan Hopimatsiwa. Nu’ Iswungwa. Pu’ nu’ Munqangaqsino

Greetings. My Hopi name is Puhusompi “Spider weaving a new home[place]”. I represent the Coyote Clan and I am from the village of Munkapi “Place of the flowing water”, Hopi Reservation. My English name is Darold Harmon Joseph.

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Specialties at Northern Arizona University. I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from NAU, and my Ph.D in Special Education from the University of Arizona. My research focuses on examining the intersections of Indigenous knowledge, Western education, and dis/ability to identify factors that contribute to the resilience of AI/AN with disabilities to persist in higher education.


I am a citizen of the Dine (Navajo) Nation, raised on both the Dine homelands in Arizona and the urban California suburbs. As Director of Health Disparities Outreach and Prevention Education for the Center of Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, my role is to engage and collaborate with tribal Nations and underserved communities Arizona to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

My area of specialty is health education, with an emphasis on health communication and health promotion/disease engagement in rural/urban American Indian communities. In addition, I have a broad background in community health, public health education, and STEM mentoring specifically in rural/frontier American Indian communities with training in multi-media curriculum development including brochure/video development and digital storytelling training.

I currently manage the AZ Indians into Medicine funded by the Indian Health Service to recruit Indigenous students into the health professions, the Leadership in Equity for American Indian Health Research & Development (LEAD) Program funded by the National Institutes of Health to support first year and transfer Indigenous students, and the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce health disparities in American Indian communities in Pima County. As Co-Chair of the Committee on Equity and Inclusion at the College of Public Health, our committee is currently developing and a Racial Justice Toolkit for faculty, staff and students.

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The Curriculum

Medicine Shield:

The Medicine Shield educational journey contains 20-minute videos with interactive tasks designed to engage students as a cohort. Topics include “Where Do We Come From”, “Indigenous Resilience”, “Building Resilience Within a Native Community”, “Walking a Balanced Path”, “Tribal Critical Race Theory”, participatory research, and a cultural resilience project. Medicine Shield is supported by mentoring, a discussion board, weekly group video conferencing, and measured learning outcomes.