Creek Indian Medicine Ways The Enduring Power of Mvskoke Religion

ISBN-10: 0826323685
ISBN-13: 9780826323682
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 8/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Called the Mvskoke in their language, the Creek Indians of Oklahoma continue to practice traditional medicine. In Creek Indian Medicine Ways, David Lewis, a full-blood Mvskoke and practicing medicine man, tells about the medicine tradition that has shaped his life. Born into a family of medicine people, he was chosen at birth to carry on the tradition. He shares his memories here about his childhood training and initiation as a medicine man as well as his remembrances about his father and grandmother, who trained him. Lewis reveals part of the sacred story of the origin of plants and he identifies some of the plants he uses in his cures. He also describes several of the ceremonies his teachers taught him, stressing throughout the sacredness and importance of Mvskoke medicine. Ann T. Jordan, a Euroamerican anthropologist, documents the place of Lewis's medicine family in the written record. Lewis is the great grandson of Jackson Lewis, who was interviewed in 1910 by anthropologist John Swanton. Jackson Lewis is mentioned numerous times in Swanton's classic works on Mvskoke medicine and culture, published by the Bureau of American Ethnology in the 1920s. David Lewis is the direct inheritor of his great grandfather's medicine knowledge.

Prologue
Preface
Introduction: The Historical Context
History of the Mvskoke
History of the Lewis Family
The Living Medicine Tradition
Kinds of Medicine People
Selection of Medicine People
Memories of Childhood in a Medicine Family
The Story
Plants
Making Medicine
Ceremonies
The Unseen Powers of Traditional Medicine
Appendices
Mvskoke Medicine and the Written Record
David Lewis's Narrative and the Written Record
Partial Genealogy of the Lewis and Jacobs Families
Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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