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"My father was fifty years old when I was born. His friends, of his age and older, could therefore be two generations ahead of mine. "At night, when I was supposed to be in bed asleep, I'd be on the floor with my ear over the grille of the air register, listening to the talk between my father and his friends. My father was an Indian doctor,' so many of his friends, even from other reservations, would be talking 'Medicine talk.' Today we might describe that kind of talk as 'extrasensory perception (ESP) oriented.'

"Most of the experiences in which Indians drifted out of physical consciousness (went into ESP mode) took place before television, music-playing devices, video games, and the computer began occupying everyone's daily time schedule. "Nevertheless, it is very interesting how the ancient concept that the Universe is one big family touches base with 'discoveries' made by science....

"Although the Longhouse became my way, I tried to keep track of Einstein's way, too. When I heard that subatomic particles exhibited a behavior that didn't jive with mathematical formulas, and when physicists came up with 'the Uncertainty Principle,' I said, 'Goody! They're back to square one.' 'Square One' to me was Medicine people saying a thousand years ago, 'All things are alive and have a consciousness of their own. We are all part of the Great Cycle of All Things.'"

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What People Are Saying

Eric Gansworth
I've been waiting over twenty years for this book. . . . The Reservation is a touchstone of American Indian literature. Big Medicine from Six Nations is its companion piece. . . . [Williams'] agenda is emphatically Haudenosaunee, with an eye to the seventh generation beyond his. (Eric Gansworth author of Breathing the Monster Alive)
Kenneth Cohen
Big Medicine has a big heart. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom and wit, a tribute to the living legacy of Native peoples. Mark Twain would be envious of this book. Read it, savor it, your life will be enriched. (Kenneth Cohen, author of Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608639
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations     xi
Foreword   Christopher Vecsey     xiii
Acknowledgments     xix
Dear Readers     3
Prelude to the Prelude     7
Prelude to the Thanksgiving Address     8
The Thanksgiving Address     10
Medicines and Poisons
The Second Death of Bill Uh     23
The Way It Is     27
Another Form of Medicine     31
Uncle Charley     35
Isaiah Joseph     40
Ethel Wahoo     49
Davey Roy     55
The Devil     57
Reservation Witches     60
Another Spooky Place     72
I'sic oi(t), Asa, and Dug dih HANa'ree     74
How We Have Lived, Small Incidences
Relativity     79
Ee'see     80
Who Did What?     81
Adolphus Martin     84
Love Power     85
Stanley Buck     86
Tongue Not in Cheek     88
Emerson Waterman     89
Allen Jack     90
Ducky Anderson     91
Two Suns?     92
Big Dog     94
O. J.     95
Abraham geh he(t)(Abraham Dead and Gone)     96
Giveaway     98
Duke     101
Propriety and Derangement
Don't Hunt Too Early     109
Juuh ne(t) raath     116
OO naa g'yeh     122
One Time This Happened     140
The Fire Monkey     152
Deer     155
The Sturgeon     166
Six Nations, One Humanity
The Great Law of the Great Peace     171
Freeman Sowden     178
Tobacco Burning     183
The False Faces     187
Peach Stones     195
Songs of Power     200
Energy Places     206
The Vision Quest     215
Medicines of the Universe     225
Quantum Physics     230
Plant Medicines     240
Snow Man     250
New Age and Ancient Wisdom
The Odds     255
Isolated Phenomena     260
The Little Lights     264
Seeing Things     272
Elemental Communication     286
Another Elemental Communication     292
War and Peace     294
A Sequence of Events     301
Ceremony      311
Poetry     325
The Thanksgiving Address     333
Afterword   Debra Roberts     342
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