Iroquois Medical Botany

Iroquois Medical Botany

by James W. Herrick
     
 

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This is the first book to provide a guide to understanding the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture. The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy - the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations - is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is evident, especially in their medical practices, which connect man to…  See more details below

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This is the first book to provide a guide to understanding the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture. The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy - the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations - is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is evident, especially in their medical practices, which connect man to nature and the powerful forces in the supernatural realm. This book relates Iroquois cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used and continue to use plants as remedies.

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A guide to the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture and their place in Iroquois cosmology. Examines Iroquois folk conceptions of health and medicine, based on interviews with Iroquois elders. Describes medical practitioners such as herbalists and clairvoyants, Indian and white doctors, communal medicine, and counterwitchcraft. The bulk of the book is given to native names, uses, and preparations of medicinal plants from several different tribes. Black-and-white drawings accompany most entries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815604648
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Iroquois and Their Neighbors Series
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 10.99(h) x 0.93(d)

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