A Glimpse into the Intuitive Medicine of the Native American Tradition

Many centuries ago, in a land that is quite familiar to the modern American (in some forgotten, ethereal way)…. A native boy scurries through a thicket of bramble bushes. His mouth stained with deep purple and his leather pouch full of blackberries, he glances to the horizon at the fading patchwork of colors–the sun would be setting soon and he didn’t need to endure another bedtime story about the importance…

The Pipe Ceremony

Those who desire to benefit their spiritual path by learning Native American knowledge and wisdom, some of which will come through the ceremonies, are recommended to get a Cannupa (pronounced Cha-New-Pa) or sacred pipe. The Cannupa is not restricted to only Indians. It has been jealously guarded by Native Americans, however, because many are fearful that the pipe may be used disrespectfully by non-Indian people. Many believe that a powerful…

7 Signs of a Sacred Clown: Heyoka Wisdom & The Healing Trickster Shaman

  I felt these articles were thought provoking and familial with the many disinfonauts who, from what I can tell, seek to enact change and incite awareness through irony and humor. This is for those of us who’d rather die from laughing than live without ever cracking up. The Path of the Sacred Clown: Where Trickster and Shaman Converge by Gary Z McGee “The main function of a sacred clown is to…

The Inipi Ceremony

Some Indians prefer only males in Inipi ceremonies; others do not differentiate, or mind the mixed male and female participation within the same lodge. As time moves on, mixed lodges are becoming more prevalent. Many believe there should be no differentiation as we are all creations of the Great Spirit, all equal, all holy, especially in the spiritual sense. What differences there are between man and woman are special, due…

Herbalogy and the Native American Indians

by Terri JeanSeptember 8, 2000 Arnica (Catawba) – the roots are used for treating aches and pains (especially in the back and in joints). Healed injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and bruises. You do NOT want to ingest this herb. It is to be applied to the skin. Aspen (Cree) – the bark was boiled into a tea and used as a couch medicine. Boneset – this tea was…

A Basic American Indian Medicine Chest

 ARNICA OIL – for bruises,muscle pain,& sore feet   CALENDULA CREAM – for inflammations,sunburn,&skin disorders   CEDAR LOTION – for general skin treatment & facial care   CORN SILK – for kidney & bladder pains & infections   ECHINACEA CAPSULES – & tincture for colds & infections   ECHINACEA -GOLDENSEAL SALVE – for chapped skin & lips   PUFFBALLS –  for headache treatments,styptics &wounded dressings   SAGE LEAVES – for smudging, purification ,and antiseptic use   SLIPPERY ELM…

Flowing up from deep down under Voice of an Ancient

– Ten Bears I remember: I have the power to choose what my attitude is toward today’s offerings. Each direction is represented at the spring and fall equinoxes, and at the summer and winter solstices. In the Tlish Diyan tradition east is black, south is blue, west is yellow and north is white. Twenty-four lessons on the Wheel of Life were created by Old Man Thunder; twelve sprung forth from…

Eagle

The eagle is symbol of the zenith. A great reminder of your own ability to soar to great heights. Eagles are messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the spirit of the sun. Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation; a willingness to experience extremes; a willingness to use your ability even if it means getting “scorched” a little as you fly high; a…