Year: 1981 Source: White Cloud Journal, v.2, no.3, (1981), p.3-8 SIEC No: 19850514

Suicide is not a new phenomenon among American Indians & Alaska Natives. The tradition of suicide among tribes of various culture areas, its motives & methods are explored in this paper. Some traditions contrast with the modern situation, such as the historically higher rate of suicide among Indian women than men. Many of the tribes believed a person who committed suicide could not enter the afterworld, in certain situations suicide was acknowledged as the right thing to do.