Hovering above our lawn in Hooker’s green
She was hard to see, brown winged, and
Flitting blade to blade
“You are a spiritual being,” she announced.
This is all I remember
Yet it happened overnight on Native land
And so, I can't combine it
With mundane concerns
Disgracing the fissured clouds of nebulae.
“Apanakhi,” Long Standing Bear Chief
Explained to me one day
As to how he blessed his beloved
Before they both stepped beyond back years ago.
“Apanakhi,” his Pikaani voice intoned
For "spirit fluttering by"
Now pausing perched at my sleep's threshold:
The smallest Tamanawas.
“You are a spiritual being,” she whispers.
And what might this mean
To your own stern habits and concerns?
The little jolts and fears
Hijacking your compassion?
Commandeering your lovingkindness
And stealing whatever last few moments
Remain with your departing friends?
... i've hoped to use my talking stick in a good way...
"Mental Health Oppression in
Interview with Dr. Walker with
MK Mendoza, NPR Santa Fe
2021 "Top of the Rockies" Award
Society of Professional Journalists
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
NEW! from Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry Journal, Spring 2022
WHO Owns the Language: 'Domination Code' in the Mental Health Gap Action Programme
Indian Country Today Review
Review of David’s Medicine Valley Novels,
“Tessa’s Dance” and “Signal Peak”
Keynote at the 9th
World Hearing Voices Congress:
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
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
Series for Indian Country Today:
"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'"
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.
... and to sing
With a style that encompasses urban and rural images, rich metaphors, spiritual themes, moving ballads, and ambitious fingerstyle guitar work, David is a singer-songwriter with a special ability to reach listeners on
an emotional level...
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