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Native Healers and WitchCraft

23:16 Oct 15 2016
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I have been learning the past years to be a Healer. Right away I noticed how similar we are to witchcraft. Witchcraft is very much apart of Native tradition in fact it's hard to separate the spiritual belief from the witchcraft although we call it medicine instead. I want to say right off every Nation is different each has its own vibrant tradition and individual history, because of that I'm giving a fairly broad overview and even then I know that it will not resonate with everyone.


First most of what people think of when they think of Native's is actually based on drastic changes brought about by European influences. There where no powwows, shamans or full feathered headdresses ,Originally there where ritual celebrations for all kinds of things a good hunt a good harvest or a raid or healing we where called pau wau which means his dreams in some languages these celebrations included the medicine man or/and woman dancing and smoking and sweating into a state where they crossed over into dream land where they learned many things from the spirits.


Another important term is medicine, there is good medicine and bad medicine and its pretty easy to differentiate the two. Medicine encompasses many many things from emotional, physical and spiritual it includes conjuring and dream walking. Like with any language some things don't translate well. Not all medicine men are good something that's often over looked today there are those who deceive or hurt instead of heal that's bad medicine although sometimes bad medicine is in fact practiced by good medicine men. One reason deciphering Native herbals can be very difficult is that we often named herbs and trees good medicine or bad medicine bark and since regionally the plants are different.


One basic premise that binds all Nations together is that everything is connected, the plants, animals and even rocks are all part of the same thing as is the spirit world . The energy from all of these things is in us therefor we are connected to everything and everything is connected to us. This is why owning land is such a hard concept for us because how can you own something that's part of everyone. That's why if someone was very sick we would hold a pau wau so that everyone came together to help heal the sick person. These rituals are long affairs even today when I do a healing there's much more to it than handing them a herbal tea. We believe in order to heal you must heal the whole person not just a part of them. Its almost impossible to separate spirituality from witchcraft or medicine. When healing some one it involves prayer by the whole village enlisting the power of the land around us and the spirits which as in all crafts must be done carefully. In order to heal someone you must not only heal the body but the mind and spirit as well.


In the past Medicine was practiced by every member of the village , medicine bags of herbs and minerals are tied to necklaces and braided in the horses manes . Before battle we would paint ourselves and we took strong medicine to avoid injury that we even gave to our horses when horses arrived of corse. Each nation had our own special blends for this and contrary to populate belief we where shared among other nations to figure out what worked best. Dream walking and conjuring was only practiced by medicine men or women and while I have seen some refer to shamans and medicine as being different most tribal members dislike the term shaman because its inaccurate and was foisted upon them . In fact if you ask a tribal elder who the shaman is they are likely to stop talking to you immediately or give you some false answer.



Cultural Genocide

Christian missions and newer troubles

Steadily stealing away our sense of being

Conquered, contained and forced to convert

Some of us still cling to what we have left

Surviving cruel priests and maniacal ministers

Churches of Spain, France, England and America


Old Adversaries

Founding fathers cloaked in Christianity

New Age purveyors, seemingly in the church's shadow

Turning their attention upon our ancient homelands

Seeing us as obstacles as do now their descendants

Having us either killed or methodically assimilated

Starting before George Washington and continuing today


Capitalistic Supremacists

Now forcing a new religion upon us all

Specially crafted to fill needs and coffers

The clergy of grifters, hucksters and frauds

Beholding to a greedy god's all seeing eye

Stirring in impure and artificial ingredients

Not all that picky, they will stew Christians


Spiritual stew

A huge, shiny new age trade kettle

Cooking fires fueled by bones of their dead

People's knowledge and beliefs stewed into lies

Adding in the choice cuts of our spiritual being

Spiced with gaudy trappings and counterfeit objects

Carefully tended by chain restaurant managers


These charlatans

Plastic shamans and medicine people

Still robbing us as did their ancestors

Shameless greed, never are they satisfied

Of privileged lives and gluttonous appetites

Quack swindlers and their attack dog acolytes

Prodding old wounds, they mock our beliefs


Their temples

Once inside they all look the same

Measured unfairly according to status

The love and life within a caste system

Their perpetual ascent to the top of nowhere

Spiritualists channeling fictitious native spirits

Feathers, wolves, buckskin and buffalo hide dreams


Positive energy

More like cannibalistic hags passing gas

Against a backdrop of mute sylvan greenery

Plastic shamans along with propaganda priestesses

Aside from evil spirits, mouthpieces and vestments

Little different from the Christian missions of old

The great lie over truth, reward and punishment


Rainbow Chiefs

Deviant warriors defending their pots of gold

And flocks of white sheep all bleating the same

Chants, mantras, or anything else they are told

Watchful shepherds who have a taste for mutton

When not preying on us they will eat their own

Their cloying scent transcending space and time


Uncle Tomahawks

Sell outs and those of sordid convictions

Spreading the great lie, they whore for glory

What they have been tricked out of is tainted

Knowledge that these new age charlatans misapply

Attempting to cheaply sell what never should be sold

We will contend with these traitors in the next world


Remaining indomitable

Although many of us do good just to exist

Some still enduring their lot in stoic silence

Others snarl, growl and howl at this violation

The plastic shamans, grifting and card turning

Mockingly unable to summon our revered ancestors

Sometimes successfully seducing our weakest kin



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