Pretty Shield

Author: Frank Bird Linderman
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803280254
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Pretty-shield, the legendary medicine woman of the Crows, remembered what life was like on the Plains when the buffalo were still plentiful. A powerful healer who was forceful, astute, and compassionate, Pretty-shield experienced many changes as her formerly mobile people were forced to come to terms with reservation life in the late nineteenth century. ø Pretty-shield told her story to Frank Linderman through an interpreter and using sign language. The lives, responsibilities, and aspirations of Crow women are vividly brought to life in these pages as Pretty-shield recounts her life on the Plains of long ago. She speaks of the simple games and dolls of an Indian childhood and the work of the girls and women?setting up the lodges, dressing the skins, picking berries, digging roots, and cooking. Through her eyes we come to understand courtship, marriage, childbirth and the care of babies, medicine-dreams, the care of the sick, and other facets of Crow womanhood. Alma Snell and Becky Matthews provide a new preface to this edition.

Medicine Woman

Author: Lynn V. Andrews
Publisher: Tarcher
ISBN: 1585425265
Size: 20.52 MB
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Lynn V. Andrews takes the reader with her as she goes on inward journeys with the help of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and relates the stories of others. Join her as she is initiated into the Sisterhood and creates her own shield, which will show her the nature of her spiritual path (Spirit Woman). Follow her to the Yucatan, where the medicine wheel leads her, and she is faced with the terrifying reality of the butterfly tree (Jaguar Woman). Enter the Dreamtime with her, where she emerges in medieval England as Catherine, and encounters the Grandmother, who offers to show Andrews how to make her life one of goodness, power, adventure, and love (The Woman of Wyrrd). Not all these stories describe the author's own spiritual experiences. Meet Sin Coraz?n, an initiate into the Sisterhood, whose husband abandons her. She nearly succumbs to her inner dark power and unleashes her rage on men and the Sisterhood (Dark Sister). Andrews also writes about the elder women of the Sisterhood: their loves, their lives, their losses (Tree of Dreams). Andrews shows us how to channel our own spiritual and intellectual energy and balance the need for love with the desire for power (Love and Power). She takes the reader on numerous spiritual journeys that inevitably uplift.

Klondike Medicine Woman

Author: Linda Ford
Publisher: Steeple Hill
ISBN: 9780373828678
Size: 10.87 MB
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Dr. Jacob Calloway was the answer to her prayers—whether he liked it or not. Teena Crow is desperate to learn his scientific healing methods to help her people. But Jacob is too suspicious of Teena's native remedies to allow her near Treasure Creek's clinic. So she decides to earn his respect—and teach the good doctor to see beyond surface differences to their common goal. But it's not just Teena's medicines that render Jacob uncomfortable. Her warm gaze and determination dare him to open his heart. But can their fledgling love weather a town's disapproval, or the secrets they both hide?

Silko

Author: Brewster E. Fitz
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806137258
Size: 11.52 MB
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Leslie Marmon Silko, a Laguna Pueblo Native American was raised in a culture with a strong oral tradition. She also grew up in a household where books were cherished and reading at the dinner table was not deemed rude, but instead was encouraged. In his examination of Silko's literature, the author explores the complex dynamic between the spoken story and the written word, revealing how it carries over from Silko's upbringing and plays out in her writings. Focusing on critical essays by and interviews with Silko, the author argues that Silko's storytelling is informed not so much by oral Laguna culture as by the Marmon family tradition in which writing was internalized long before her birth. In Silko's writings, this conflicted desire between the oral and the written evolves into a yearning for a paradoxical written orality that would conceivably function as a perfect, nonmediated language. The critical focus on orality in Native literature has kept the equally important tradition of Native writing from being honored. By offering close readings of stories from Storyteller and Ceremony, as well as passages from Almanac of the Dead and Gardens in the Dunes, the author shows how Silko weaves the oral and the written, the spirit and the flesh, into a new vision of Pueblo culture. As he asserts, Silko's written word, rather than obscuring or destroying her culture's oral tradition, serves instead to sharpen it.

Lola Young

Author: Lola Young
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 1921064277
Size: 15.67 MB
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Lola Young: Medicine Woman is a book in two parts. The first is Lola's life story; an oral history that gives the reader direct access to Lola's strength of character, commitment and wicked sense of humour. The second is a list of plants and their uses compiled by Anna Vitenbergs and Lola for the Wakuthuni Community in the Pilbara. Lola and Anne met at Lola's home in Tom Price over a period of eighteen months to check and expand the plant list and record Lola's story. Each plant, and there are 60 in total, is accompanied by a full colour photograph. The book includes a CD of Lola's songs (passed on to Lola from her ancestors) and recorded by Gumala, at an Aboriginal recording studio in Tom Price.

Medicine Women Curanderas And Women Doctors

Author: Bobette Perrone
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806188584
Size: 13.95 MB
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The stories of ten women healers form the core of this provocative journey into cultural healing methods utilized by women. In a truly grass-roots project, the authors take the reader along to listen to the voices of Native American medicine women, Southwest Hispanic curanderas, and women physicians as they describe their healing paths. This book will fascinate anyone interested in the relationship between illness and healing-medical practitioners and historians, patients, anthropologists, feminists, psychologists, psychiatrists, theologians, sociologists, folklorists, and others who seek understanding about our relationship to the forces of both illness and healing.

Medicine Women

Author: Elisabeth Brooke
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN: 0835607518
Size: 11.33 MB
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Women have always been healers -- from the priestess healers in the temples of Isis, to the hedge-witches and herbalists of medieval times, to the physicians, researchers, and alternative practitioners of today. This glorious book celebrates the history of women healers from earliest times to the present. It includes profiles of women healers from all traditions. Some are well known, such as Hildegard of Bingen, Florence Nightingale, and Mary Baker Eddy. Others deserve to be more widely recognized, such as Trotula of Salerno, who wrote gynecological and obstetrical texts in thirteenth-century Italy, and Mama Lola, a respected mambo or healing priestess in the Haitian Voodoo tradition. Text and pictures detail the many contributions of women to the healing arts, from the founding of nursing orders and the tending of soldiers, to the establishment of public health hospitals, to contemporary applications of the ancient lore of herbal medicine and therapeutic touch.