Shaking the Rattle: Healing the Trauma of Colonization is the second edition of Barbara-Helen Hill’s text focusing on healing from the perspective of Indigenous identity. Hill’s approach to recovery and healing is grounded in the spiritual and the idea of healing the whole person with a clear understanding of the historical events of colonization. Hill’s text deals with colonization, the residential school legacy of abuse, internalized racism, co-dependence, relationships, sexual abuse, spirituality, reality therapy, and the healing process. The author relies on her Iroquoian cultural traditions in the exploration of the ritual of condolence and the underlying concepts of the two-row wampum.
A Mohawk woman from Six Nations, Barbara-Helen Hill, incorporates her articles, poems, short stories, and artwork in this literary collection that centres around healing.