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Post Apocalypse Stress Syndrome in the Age of COVID-19
Post Apocalypse Stress Syndrome predicts that societies can experience shocks so strong that they change the very nature of the society itself. Previous historical examples include Europe during the Black Death and many Native Americans societies in the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, could it be said the United States is going through an apocalyptic event due to the combined effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, economic recession, and election rioting? This paper will address that question and discuss what it is like actually living through an apocalyptic event.
Dr. Lawrence Gross (Anishinaabe) is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, enrolled on the White Earth reservation. He is author of the book, Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and Being, which examines the historical trauma of the Anishinaabeg in the early twentieth century and the cultural resources they are using to rebuild their society. He is currently editing a book forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press entitled, Native American Rhetoric. He currently serves as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Endowed Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.