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 of respecting elders. His mother was already expecting him to be back. Blackberries (Biberl/ CC BY-SA 4.0 ) Just another cluster of berries right over there , he thought, and then I will be home in no time —when suddenly—a sharp, pricking pain shot through his leg. Looking down in shock, he spots the tail end of a rattlesnake, slithering away. His eyes dart back to his leg, now bleeding, and two perfect puncture wounds dripping with his bright, […] Read More

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 good for all things can emanate from the respectful and proper use of the pipe, but it must be regarded as a spiritual instrument by the pipe holder, whatever their lineage or color happens to be. The pipe can become a strong catalyst to import a powerful feeling for our Mother Earth and all living things. Black Elk predicted that we would go forth in numbers as flames to bring forth beneficial change to this generation. The pipe, and […] Read More

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 deflate the ego of power by reminding those in power of their own fallibility, while also reminding those who are not in power that power has the potential to corrupt if not balanced with other forces, namely with humor. But sacred clowns don’t out-rightly derive things. They’re not comedians, per se, though they can be. They are more like tricksters, poking holes in things that people take too seriously. Through acts of satire and showy displays of blasphemy, sacred […] Read More

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 to the Creator. It is a special relationship, in practical respects, but on a spiritual level there is an equal sameness. An Inipi usually starts with the loading and offering of the peace pipe. As in the majority of Sioux ceremonies, the Woman’s role reflects her position of honor. A woman, representative of White Buffalo Calf Maiden, will take tobacco and circle clockwise around the fireplace, trailing some particles of tobacco. She will then leave a trail from the […] Read More

Herbalogy and the Native American Indians

by Terri Jean September 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 used by many tribes and for various healing practices. The Iroquois – for colds and to reduce fever. The Menominees also used it to reduce fever and the Alabama Indians gave it to people to cure stomach ailments. Catnip (Mohegans) – the leaves were boiled into a tea and given to infants to relieve an infant with colic. Dandelion – This plant has been used to cure many ailments for thousands of years – and is still used […] Read More

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 BARK POWDER – for coughs & digestive problems   SWEETGRASS BRAID – for smudging ,purification,& antiseptic use   WITCH HAZEL LOTION – for rashes & skin problems   YARROW POWDER – for pain relief,anesthetic,& antiseptic use   YUCCA ROOT – for soapy cleansing & hair care Related articles Ultimate Detox Mask Inflammation Buster Mask This is The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic Ever – Kills Any Infections in The Body 3 Master Tips To Combat Stress 10 of the Most Evil Medical Experiments Conducted in […] Read More

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 each wing of the Chief of the Thunder Beings, symbolic of the four elements, the four seasons, and the four directions from which Little Boy Lightning can, and often does appear. Little Boy Lightning is the most able assistant that works intimately with Snake and Old Man Thunder, as an interchange of energy, which guarantees a mutual cooperation between the directions of the four quarters of the earth and the sky, as well as the four seasons of the […] Read More

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 willingness to seek out your true emotions. A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey. Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even when soaring high; Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth; Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly. This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit. Eagle people can live in […] Read More