Review of<em> Indigenous healing psychology: Honoring the wisdom of the first peoples</em>.

Reviews the book, Indigenous Healing Psychology: Honoring the Wisdom of the First Peoples by Richard Katz (2017). In writing Indigenous Healing Psychology, Richard Katz asks the question: “How can we encourage psychology to return to its healing roots, where the welfare of all is the commitment and social justice the aim?” In Part 1, Katz contrasts the indigenous practice of trying to understand the world with the Western fascination with what is measurable. Part 2 shares narratives of collaboration with indigenous community members that convey indigenous values. Provocatively, though, Katz understands these six values as corresponding to traditional areas of concern within mainstream psychology. In Part 3, “A Future of Psychologies,” Katz hopes for a synergistic broadening into a “community of psychologies rather than a more inclusive ‘universal’ psychology” (p. 381). Indigenous perspectives would be part of this conversation. Although briefly, Katz touches upon the dilemma of cultural appropriation–the irony of advocating that Western psychology absorb indigenous practices and perspectives while challenging the Western habit of colonizing and taking from native culture. Indigenous Healing Psychology: Honoring the Wisdom of the First Peoples, grounded within Katz’s own personal experience with indigenous healers and cultures, and perhaps helping to heal the wounds of colonialism he is not alone in noticing, contributes to all our understanding of the relationship between the wisdom of “the first psychologists” and the possibilities for healing the discipline of psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)