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Indigenous Healing Approaches



Western traditional medicine often seeks one cure to treat as many people as possible. Indigenous traditional healing, by contrast, usually works in a more holistic way to restore the relationship each person has with the earth, plants and animals, the community, and the spirit world. Imbalances in any or all of these areas can combine to bring illness. Indigenous traditional healing approaches tend to focus on the spirit, healing of the heart, collective healing, healing of the land, and clearing energy. Traditional ceremonies, music, dance, song, storytelling, food and drink preparations and spaces, such as sweatlodges play important roles in Indigenous traditional healing practices and approaches.

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A Native American Tribe Is Using Traditional Culture to Fight Addiction

A year and half ago, Gabe Stewart stood in tribal court pleading guilty to felony charges because he stole money from his family to support his opioid addiction. In January, his community honored him for overcoming addiction and watched as his case was dismissed entirely.

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Ritual: Power, Healing and Community

In this remarkable book, Malidoma Some explores the essential role ritual plays in maintaining community and examines the structure common to all ritual.

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Doctor Rita

One patient had just left. Another was due in an hour. Rita Blumenstein -- Doctor Blumenstein -- sat in her easy chair and recalled her first memory of healing someone, the day almost 60 years ago when she prevented an infection from dog bites. The patient was her mother. Rita was 4 years old.

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FindCenterOne of our people in the Native community said the difference between white people and Indians is that Indian people know they are oppressed but don’t feel powerless. White people don’t feel oppressed, but feel powerless. Deconstruct that disempowerment.

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For the Next 7 Generations

In 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story.

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Casa De Cura, Magic in Mapia

A short film about the healing work of Grandma Clara Shinobu Iura of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, who is working diligently to expand her hospital in the Brazilian rainforest.

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Self-Healing Power and Therapy: Old Teachings from Africa

The wisdom of having good health can't be overemphasized. If you're tired of being sick and tired, here's the perfect book for you. In Self-Healing Power and Therapy, Dr. K.

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FindCenterIn indigenous cultures including those of Native Americans, menstruation is viewed as a time of positive power, rather than as evidence of sin and negative power, or as a feminine inconvenience.

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Drugs: The Sacred Mushroom

Not long ago The New York Times carried a dispatch from Mexico telling about the descent of hippies on Huautla de Jimenez in quest of the “sacred mushrooms.” With the dispatch appeared a photo of a priestess of the rite, Maria Sabina.

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Healing Prayer: Grandmother Rita Pitka

An audio prayer, from Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein .

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