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Coyote Medicine

by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, as a doctor at the forefront of alternative medicine tells the enlightening story of his struggle to make doctors and their patients aware of the limitations of modern Western medicine. I have no Native American blood, but every page of this book awakened fresh awareness why many feel such despair in dealing with what is called "healing" among American practitioners of medicine. The author's approaches will grate on those who value dogma and replicable rigidity over substance and intuitive responses to the individual. [Further reviews are available here].

Coyote Healing: Miracles in Native Medicine

by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

Operating from the perspective of a shaman, Dr. Mehl-Madrona respects the patient's ability to cure himself... As he explains, "Activating the inner healer is the most important aspect of what I do..., but I recognize that the inner healer makes all these approaches work." Because of the success of his first book, many people seek him out, and we hear their stories. They have usually been told their cases were beyond hope. Working with the author, some patients do recover, others sadly, do not. But Dr. Mehl-Madrona refuses to speak of "failures," nor does he use cases to argue for or against shamanic or complementary approaches. Rather, he sees the healing process itself as the miracle.

The Dancing Healers : A Doctor's Journey of Healing With Native Americans

by Carl A. Hammerschlag, MD

The remarkable account of a Yale-trained psychiatrist's transforming encounterwith Native American healing. Interweaving autobiography with stories of the Native Americans who challenged his medical school assumptions, Dr. Hammerschlag recounts his 22 years ofworking with the Indian Health Service in the Southwest.

  Other books by Carl A. Hammerschlag, MD:

Black Elk Speaks : Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

by John G. Neihardt

This is a spiritual book, and should be read by all who seek more understanding of our Native American history. Its message comes from the voice of a great Indian medicine man who,as a boy,witnessed the destruction and chaos wrought by the white man. The narratives of Black Elk are riveting as he describes the confusion, terror, anger, rebellion and flight of his people. His dreams and visions become the legend and the legacy of the Lakota Sioux.This is a story told by a man of power,and it is mesmerising.

  Other books by John G. Neihardt:

American Indian Prophecies : Conversations With Chasing Deer

by Kurt Kaltreider

A moving book with perhaps the essential message of our time. Dr. Kaltreider has captured the essence of the dilemma facing the modern technological society of the West and increasingly of developing countries: the rape and disregard for the earth and for the interconnectedness of all life on the planet. Many Native American prophecies foretell a time of decision or a descent into complete destruction of humankind and much of the rest of the planet. These conversations with Chasing Deer, an aged Cheyenne/Lakota and keeper of the true history of the Americas, reveal a clear way to avoid the dire predictions as revealed in many Native American tribal legends, but that way requires us to acknowledge our desperate straits and to embrace change in the direction of the life led by the first Americans, characterized by respect for all our relations on the planet, both animate and inanimate. For there is hope, as Chasing Deer says, if we take as our motto "Mitakue Oyasin" - we are all related.

Rolling Thunder; A Personal Exploration into the Secret Healing Powers of an American Indian Medicine Man

by Doug Boyd

Rolling Thunder is about history, culture, the earth, sky, trees, sacred herbs, vibrations, spirits, contemporary politics - and it is about these things passionately. Rolling Thunder is an American Indian medicine man - spiritual leader, philosopher, and acknowledged spokesman for the Cherokee and Shoshone tribes.

Ishi in Two Worlds; A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America

by Theodora Kroeber

Ishi was the last of the Yahi Indians, living in Northern California under a cloak of fear, secrecy, and evasion from white men, carrying on this lifestyle for the better part of four decades. In this thoroughly researched book, Theodora Kroeber tells Ishi's story. She covers the historical and geographical background of the Yahi Indians, and how Ishi and the few remaining people of his tribe lived until Ishi was the last one left. The author does a superb job of comparing and contrasting Ishi's stone age world with the steel age world, without the tedious prose often involved in such writing.

Medicine Woman

by Lynn V. Andrews

We live in times where we feel we want to have a more personal relationship to the great mystery and all things spiritual. We want to feel the magic. As a result we seek paths that will include these missing elements - explain the unexplainable, know the unknowable. A book such as Medicine Woman can fill that collective longing. It is about an ordinary woman who"blunders" upon extraordinary events, whose storytelling allows us the opportunity to fulfill our own unlived lives.

  Other books by Lynn V. Andrews:

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice : An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest

by Mark J. Plotkin, PhD

In a captivating plea for more effective management of the rain forest's botanical, medicinal, and cultural resources, the chief ethnobotanist at Conservation International vividly recalls his apprenticeships to the tribal shamanic healers of the northeast Amazon. Plotkin presented himself as an unlikely student to the Tirio and Wayana shamans, offering in exchange to write down what he was taught, thereby preserving the shamanic lore. Meanwhile, his book of botanical lore, presented as promised to the tribes, has helped restore a self-respect battered during years of interaction with the West. ``Every time a shaman dies, it is as if a library burned down,'' Plotkin reminds us. No one could convey the potential tragedy of this statement more convincingly than this author, who has done something to remedy it.

Sastun : My Apprenticeship With a Maya Healer

by Rosita Arvigo

Rosita Arvigo was trained in the United States as doctor of naprapathy. This book is the compelling drama of her quest to preserve the knowledge of Don Elijio Panti, one of the last surviving and most respected traditional healers in the rainforest of Belize. In addition to her natural healing practice in Belize, Arvigo is the founder of the founder of Belize's six-thousand acre Terra Nova Medicinal Plant Reserve and the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation, as well as the creator of the Panti Mayan Medicine Trail.

Lame Deer : Seeker of Visions

by John Lame Deer

This personal narrative of a Sioux medicine man reveals his way of life, his role as a holy man among the Lakota, and his relationship with the whites.

Seven Arrows

by Hyemeyohsts Storm

You are about to begin the adventure of the People, the Plains Indians People. You probably have known these People only by their whiteman names, as the Cheyesnne, the Crow and the Sioux. Here you will learn to know of them as they were truly known. The story of these people has at its center and all around it the story of the Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel is the very Way of life of the People. It is an understanding of the Universe.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

by Peter Mathiessen

Kept off the shelves for eight years by legal battles, this is the comprehensive history of the desperate Indian efforts to maintain their traditions and preserve the sacredness of the earth. Matthiessen reveals the Lakota Indians' long struggle with the U.S. Government, from Red Cloud's War and Little Big Horn to the Indian wars of the 1970s.

Indian Country

by Peter Mathiessen

This controversial book powerfully sheds new light on the plight of Native Americans. Matthiessen's urgent accounts and absorbing journalistic details make it impossible to ignore the message they so eloquently proclaim. This exploration of the encroachment of whites on the sacred grounds of the native Americans discusses such tribes as the Miccosukee, Hopi, Cherokee, Mohawk, Urok, Karuk, Lakota, Chumsah, Paiute, Shoshone, Ute, and Navajo.

  Other books by Peter Mathiessen:

The Man Made of Words : Essays, Stories, Passages

by N. Scott Momaday

Early as well as recent work appears in this collection of essays by the eminent Native American writer. Together they reveal how consistent Momaday's stately, oratorical voice has been during his 30-year career. Consistent, too, has been his concern for humanity's place in the natural world and for the spiritual messages Native American traditions offer an alienated society. Momaday's reminiscences of tribal elders, his lively way with a traditional story, his wonder at natural beauty--these are not mere embellishments on the political analysis that he weaves into the essays; rather, they are vital components of Momaday's complex way with words.

House Made of Dawn

by N. Scott Momaday

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a proud stranger in his native land. He was a young American Indian named Abel, and he lived in two worlds. One was that of his father, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, the ecstasy of the drug called peyote. The other was the world of the twentieth century, goading him into a compulsive cycle of sexual exploits, dissipation, and disgust. Home from a foreign war, he was a man being torn apart, a man descending into hell.

  Other books by N. Scott Momaday:

Eagle Vision : Return of the Hoop

by Ed McGaa (Eagle Man)

There are many "Native" books out there, but rarely are any written by enrolled registered tribal members who have personally participated in their ceremonies and culture. Fewer yet, are written by Native Americans who fought for the return of the old traditions as well as traveling with the holy people of the past.

Native Wisdom : Perception of the Natural Way

by Ed McGaa (Eagle Man)

The author, Ed (Eagle Man) McGaa, responds to numerous questions directed by young Americans to an Oglala Sioux who has personally participated in his tribe's ceremonies and culture. Native Wisdom opens the door to the real Native American cultural and working Spirituality. This Natural Way method led the people to Democracy, close family ties, disciplined yet freedom in living, and a viable Mother Earth for thousands of years.

  Other books by Ed McGaa (Eagle Man):

Medicine of the Cherokee : The Way of Right Relationship

by J. T. Garrett, Michael Garrett

Medicine Of The Cherokee: The Way Of Right Relationship is the story of the physical, mental, spiritual, and natural aspects of humans as told through many generations of elder teaches of Native American medicine. With stories that tell about the "four directions" and the "universal circle", these ancient Cherokee teachings also offer wisdom on circle gatherings, herbs, healing, and ways to reduce stress and find harmony and balance in all our relationships. The way of our modern world can separate us from nature and make us prone to disease, signs of being on the wrong path.

The Sacred Buffalo : The Lakota Way for a New Beginning

by James G. Durham

"Some people say that the buffalo came from Wind Cave here in South Dakota. They say that man and the buffalo lived in tile darkness below as brother and brother, and that the female buffalo and woman lived as sister and sister. When the buffalo comes up from beneath the surface, he becomes a man. And when he goes back into the ground, he becomes a buffalo again. It's a cycle. How did God create this? How did he create the Chanunpa, crying for a vision, sweat lodge, andSundance? He created them for all people, but maybe the Lakota were better listeners in those days, and that's why they still have their culture."

Fools Crow (Contemporary American Fiction)

by James Welch

Jim Welch's first two novels, Winter in the Blood and The Death of Jim Loney, were the first serious fiction to capture the bleakness of contemporary (1970-1980) reservation life. A trivial irony: it was Jim Welch who pointed out with some exasperation that being referred to as the best American Indian novelist is patronizing. He's a good writer who happens to be (no, is also) Indian. His historical novel Fools Crow is one of a kind: a detailed, check-your-dates historical novel about the Indian Wars both written from and imagined from an Indian point of view.

Fools Crow : Wisdom and Power

by Thomas E. Mails

This book by Thomas E. Mails is a non-fiction work about the legendary Frank Fools Crow, a spiritual and civic leader of the Teton Sioux, and one who brought the yuwipi ceremony back to life. It provides a great deal of guidance on traditional ceremonies.

The Teachings of Don Juan : A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

by Carlos Casteneda

First in Castaneda's compelling classic series detailing his journey toward knowledge and enlightenment via a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, Don Juan. This book helps establish once and for all, that there does exist the realm of the unexplained/unexplainable. Things do happen to us that we are much too frightened to confide in others, for fear of reprisals. Left alone we begin to question our own sensibilites and in an act of self-preservation dismiss this part of our reality. What Castaneda does for us is help verify and describe these events. It is a journey that only the pure of heart and courageous can attempt.

A Separate Reality : Further Conversations With Don Juan

by Carlos Castaneda

In this book, Castaneda resumes his apprenticeship, determined to go deeper still into don Juan's world, to learn to see beyond the surface realities of life. A Separate Reality is a work that is at once the discovery of a hitherto unrecorded body of wisdom and knowledge and the story of a remarkable and shattering personalexperience.

  Other books by Carlos Castaneda:

North American Indians

by Edward S. Curtis

From 1896 to 1930, Edward S. Curtis traveled throughout the United States, making a vivid record of Native American peoples that would eventually comprise 20 volumes. Many of the most significant photographs have been selected for this classic, now in a new edition. 68 duotone photographs.

  Other books by Edward S. Curtis:

In a Sacred Manner I Live : Native American Wisdom

Neil Philip (Editor)

Part of the power of this handsome book comes from the words of Native American men and women, who speak on peace and war, true teachings and false ones, visions of the sacred path and betrayal in certain situations, the changing seasons, and much more. The carefully chosen words are those of such leaders as Black Elk, Geronimo, Chief Seattle, Sitting Bull, Cochise, and Tecumseh--more than 30 in all. Another element lending vitality and spirit to the book is from the powerful images of the people, captured in sepia-toned photos by Edward Curtis, John Alvin Anderson, Anita Alvez de Williams, Laura Gilpin, David F. Barry, and others.

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