American Indian Medicine

Author: Virgil J. Vogel

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806189770

Category: Social Science

Page: 622

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The purpose of this book, says the author, is to show the effect of Indian medicinal practices on white civilization. Actually it achieves far more. It discusses Indian theories of disease and methods of combating disease and even goes into the question of which diseases were indigenous and which were brought to the Indian by the white man. It also lists Indian drugs that have won acceptance in the Pharmacopeia of the United States and the National Formulary. The influence of American Indian healing arts on the medicine and healing and pharmacology of the white man was considerable. For example, such drugs as insulin and penicillin were anticipated in rudimentary form by the aborigines. Coca leaves were used as narcotics by Peruvian Indians hundreds of years before Carl Koller first used cocaine as a local anesthetic in 1884. All together, about 170 medicines, mostly botanical, were contributed to the official compendia by Indians north of the Rio Grande, about 50 more coming from natives of the Latin-American and Caribbean regions. Impressions and attitudes of early explorers, settlers, physicians, botanists, and others regarding Indian curative practices are reported by geographical regions, with British, French, and Spanish colonies and the young United States separately treated. Indian theories of disease—sorcery, taboo violation, spirit intrusion, soul loss, unfulfilled dreams and desires, and so on -and shamanistic practices used to combat them are described. Methods of treating all kinds of injuries-from fractures to snakebite-and even surgery are included. The influence of Indian healing lore upon folk or domestic medicine, as well as on the "Indian doctors" and patent medicines, are discussed. For the convenience of the reader, an index of botanical names is provided, together with a wide variety of illustrations. The disproportionate attention that has been given to the superstitious and unscientific features of aboriginal medicine has tended to obscure its real contributions to American civilization.

American Indian Medicine Ways

Spiritual Power, Prophets, and Healing

Author: Clifford E. Trafzer

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816537178

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 2299


The book highlights American Indian spiritual leaders, miracle healings, and ceremonies that have influenced American history and shows their continued significance--Provided by publisher.

Medicine Bags and Dog Tags

American Indian Veterans from Colonial Times to the Second Iraq War

Author: Al Carroll

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803216297

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 4124


As far back as colonial times, Native individuals and communities have fought alongside European and American soldiers against common enemies. Medicine Bags and Dog Tags is the story of these Native men and women whose military service has defended ancient homelands, perpetuated longstanding warrior traditions, and promoted tribal survival and sovereignty.

Two cultures meet

pathways for American Indians to medicine

Author: Larry P. Aitken,Edwin W. Haller

Publisher: Garrett Park Pr

ISBN: 9780912048697

Category: Education

Page: 109

View: 8105



Spirit Talkers

North American Indian Medicine Powers

Author: William S. Lyon (Ph. D.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984854608

Category: Healing

Page: 544

View: 8552


Provides an in-depth overview of American Indian medicine powers and challenges the current notion that a belief in medicine powers is merely the result of primitive superstition by explaining how quantum mechanics principles can be used to better explain why shamans do what they do during ceremonies.

American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance

Word Medicine, Word Magic

Author: Ernest Stromberg

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 0822973014

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

View: 9167


The book examines the complex and sophisticated efforts of American Indian writers and orators to constructively engage an often hostile and resistant white audience through language and other symbol systems.

Call for Change

The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos, and Reality

Author: Donald L. Fixico

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803243561

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 9014


For too many years, the academic discipline of history has ignored American Indians or lacked the kind of open-minded thinking necessary to truly understand them. Most historians remain oriented toward the American experience at the expense of the Native experience. As a result, both the status and the quality of Native American history have suffered and remain marginalized within the discipline. In this impassioned work, noted historian Donald L. Fixico challenges academic historians—and everyone else—to change this way of thinking. Fixico argues that the current discipline and practice of American Indian history are insensitive to and inconsistent with Native people’s traditions, understandings, and ways of thinking about their own history. In Call for Change, Fixico suggests how the discipline of history can improve by reconsidering its approach to Native peoples. He offers the “Medicine Way” as a paradigm to see both history and the current world through a Native lens. This new approach paves the way for historians to better understand Native peoples and their communities through the eyes and experiences of Indians, thus reflecting an insightful indigenous historical ethos and reality.

American Folk Medicine

A Symposium

Author: Wayland Debs Hand

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520040939

Category: Médecine populaire - Amérique du Nord - Congrès

Page: 347

View: 1519


Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology in cooperation with the Medical History Division of the UCLA School of Medicine and the Society for the History of Medical Science, Los Angeles.