My Talking Stick...
"Mental Health Oppression in Native America" Interview with Dr. Walker with
MK Mendoza, NPR Santa Fe
2021 "Top of the Rockies" Award
Society of Professional Journalists, CO
The Medicine Valley Novels
"Visualize two novels so grounded that they will resonate with familiarity for anyone who lives with the beautiful and maddening daily realities of "Indian" life. Imagine that the two books deal with all the issues of tragedy, psychological healing, and cultural and language revitalization that are necessary in the wake of centuries of genocidal efforts to destroy
our Nations and Peoples..."
~Steven Newcomb, Indian Country Today
Steven Newcomb’s 2014
Review of David’s Medicine Valley Novels,
“Tessa’s Dance” and “Signal Peak”
Keynote at the 9th
World Hearing Voices Congress in 2017:
Giving Voice: A Quick Walk Through
an Alternative History of the Native American Mental Health System
Podcast with writer & healer
Deena Metzger with David Edward Walker
Interview with David Van Nuys, PhD
on ShrinkRap Radio:
Liberation Psychology and The Resilience of Indigenous People
Transcribed interview for Psychology Today
"Rethinking Mental Health"
(Eric Maisel, PhD):
"Indigenous People & Western Mental Health"
Interview with Will Hall on Madness Radio:
Indian Country Psychology: David Walker
Article Series for Indian Country Today Media :
"How the US Mental Health System Makes Natives Sick and Suicidal"
"Lunacy, Crazy Indians & the Witch's Hammer"
‘A Living Burial’: Inside the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians
"Betrayal by Labels: The Feebleminded, ADHD Native Child"
Chapter for 'Critical New
Perspectives on ADHD' (Routledge):
"ADHD as the New 'Feeblemindedness' of American Indian Children"
Article with Albert Galves, PhD for
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry:
"Debunking the Science Behind ADHD as a 'Brain Disorder'"
"With a style that encompasses urban and rural images, rich metaphors, spiritual themes, moving ballads, and ambitious finger style guitar work, David is a singer-songwriter with a special ability to reach listeners on an emotional level."~Music Hound Essential Guide to Folk
In Tessa's Dance, a strong-hearted Yakama Indian girl and a mixed-blood psychologist ride a wild horse past methamphetamine and gang violence to discover friendship, healing and the importance of tradition. Tessa's Dance won an IPPY medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
In Signal Peak, the sequel to Tessa's Dance, a tragedy tears the family apart, creating a hole big enough for a vintage Chevy Bel Air to drive through. And who is the mysterious driver at the wheel? Signal Peak won a bronze medal in the 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards and was a finalist in the Nancy Pearl Book Awards.
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