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Earth Medicine: Revealing Hidden Teachings of the Native American Medicine Wheel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Plastic Shamanism: an update to my earlier review

    I no longer recommend any of Kenneth Meadows books. He is what many American Indians would call a 'Plastic Shaman,' in other words a fake. He fails to mention that the beliefs he has taken are mainly Lakota beliefs, in other words he practically generalizes all American Indian tribes as if they have all the same beliefs. Which is definitely not the case. One of his sources is Harley Swiftdeer. Swiftdeer was officially kicked out of the Cherokee nation because of making sacred beliefs become public. I would also recommend to STAY AWAY from authors such as Sun Bear, Mary Summer Rain, Ed McGaa, and Dhyani Ywahoo. And there are many more authors to stay away from when it comes to Amerindian spirituality. If you really care about American Indians do not buy these authors' books and throw them away if you have them. I recommend doing an online research into 'plastic shamans.' You'll come up with lists of people of who to stay away from and what to watch out for (for example, a Choctaw 'medicine man' does not teach Cherokee, Lakota, or Navajo ways and vice versa). If you are interested in legitimate Amerindian beliefs I suggest these authors and books: For Cherokee beliefs in particular I recommend the authors J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett. While their books are certainly NOT perfect, they would be the only ones I'd even begin to recommend concerning the Cherokee. Contrary to some, neither of the Cherokee bands gave the nod for their books. So their books are not 'officially accepted' by the Cherokee. For Southern (Montana) Piegan (Piikani) Blackfoot beliefs I'd highly recommend the book 'Ni Kso Ko Wa: Blackfoot Spirituality, Traditions, Values and Beliefs' by Harold E. Gray Long Standing Bear. He is a known and respected Blackfoot activist and scholar. For Blood (Kainai) Blackfoot beliefs, I recommend the book 'The Sacred Tree' by Judie Bopp, Michael Bopp, Phil Lane, and Lee Brown. It was developed by the Four Worlds Development Project, an inter-tribal group based in Alberta, Canada. It was helped out by the elders of the tribe. It was created to help First Nations' people return to the traditional ways and to stay away from alcohol and drugs.

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