Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing|
by Ken Cohen (Author)
Cohen wittily describes an incident in which he sang Pacific Northwest songs to
a Cree medicine man--songs of Salish, Snohomish, and Suquamish peoples. "And you
are--?" asked the elder. "Jewish," Cohen said, to which the medicine man replied
contentedly, "Yes, our traditions are so rich." Whether the elder misunderstood
or intentionally embraced the newcomer to his land, Cohen never knew. But the
anecdote demonstrates Cohen's habit of drawing upon interpersonal experience as
well as research to record traditional Native American healing practices as
expertly as he has described, in books including the well-regarded Way of Qigong
(1997), Asian traditional healing. The present thoughtful reference provides
comprehensive and authoritative information on indigenous American healing
traditions and addresses the important issue of how non-Indian people can
respectfully learn from their historical forebears in North America. An
excellent section on values and principles precedes discussion of such practices
as sweat lodges, pipes, and the use of herbs, including tobacco. Extensive
appendixes and resource lists supplement the wealth of information in the main text.
“This landmark book is a stunning tour de force. Ken Cohen has crafted a
comprehensive yet accessible compilation of the theory and practice of Native
American medicine. Honoring the Medicine is the rarest of books.”
—JEFF LEVIN, PH.D., M.P.H.
Author of God, Faith, and Health
“Ken Cohen writes from a place of beauty, truth, and integrity. He inspires us
to reconnect with traditional ways for healing the earth and ourselves.
[Honoring the Medicine] is a brilliant work.”
Author of Soul Retrieval
“Anyone wanting insight into the world of Native American healing will be wise
to read this remarkable, penetrating work. This is a valuable addition to the
canon of healing.”
—LARRY DOSSEY, M.D.
Author of Healing Beyond the Body
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 27, 2006)