A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom--Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories

A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom--Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories

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ISBN-13: 9781583949047
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 38 MB
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DAVID EARL YOUNG spent much of his childhood in Sierra Leone, West Africa. After returning to the U.S., he graduated with a BA in sociology and philosophy from the University of Indianapolis, followed by a BD in religion and anthropology from Yale University, an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University. Dr. Young taught anthropology for many years at the University of Alberta in Canada before retiring to take a teaching position at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Japan, China, and northern Canada. Dr. Young and his wife are retired and living on the island of Gabriola, off the west coast of Canada.

ROBERT DALE ROGERS, BSc, RH/AHG, FICN, has been a student of native plants and fungi from the Canadian prairies for more than forty years. He is a retired clinical herbalist, amateur mycologist, and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Rogers is an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the University of Alberta. His over 20 books and ebooks may be found at www.amazon.com/author/robertdalerogers. They involve the traditional use of plants and fungi of the boreal forest with special attention to application by aboriginal healers. Rogers teaches plant medicine at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton (www.northernstarcollege.com). He is a consultant to the herbal, mycological, and nutraceutical industries, is currently chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. Rogers lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife, Laurie. You can visit their webpage at www.selfhealdistributing.com.

RUSSELL WILLIER was born on the Sucker Creek Reserve in northern Alberta. He grew up in a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. His father was a skilled hunter and trapper who passed his knowledge about the traditional Woods Cree way of life on to his son. Willier attended Catholic mission school but quit in order to help his parents on the family farm. Even at an early age, Russell showed signs of having been selected by the Spirit World to be a healer, but he resisted for many years. Eventually, he accepted this responsibility and received the medicine bundle of his great grandfather, Moostoos, a well-known healer in the area and signer of Treaty 8. By the time Willier received his medicine bundle, the knowledge of how to use the little plant packets inside it had been lost, so Russell showed them to elders and asked if they knew how these “combinations” were used. Gradually, over many years, Russell pieced together the information he needed to begin practice as a Medicine Man. Willier, who still lives on the Sucker Creek Reserve, travels extensively to treat those who call upon him for help.


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Nicholas_Brink_PhD 9 months ago
“A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories” is the story of Russell Willier, a Cree healer from northern Alberta, Canada. His explanation of his healing rituals and his identification and collection of medicinal herbs, comes from his primary concern that this knowledge of healing is on the verge of being lost with the death of so many indigenous healers and the destruction of the habitats in which these healing medicinal herbs and medicine ways have until now survived. Whereas this knowledge was considered sacred and passed on orally from generation to generation, at this time of the potential loss of this knowledge, Willier has opened himself to those who are willing to record this information for future generations. The sixty one medicinal herbs that are the composition of his medicine bundle is a useful collection, but there are many other medicinal herbs from other areas of our Earth that can be added to the list. Each of us, in considering the natural habitat in which we live, needs to find those local herbs that are effective for healing. Willier’s story is a great assistance in our individual pursuits for how to locate, identify and use herbs from our local environments.