New Release: A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle

Posted by – June 09, 2015
Categories: Ecology & Sustainability Health & Healing Indigenous Cultures & Anthropology New Release Spirituality & Religion



Until recently, it was taboo for Native American healers to talk about their medicine, and to share their healing knowledge.

But now, and with A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle, Russell Willier has realized that the traditional medicinal knowledge that’s been passed down from the elders who came before him must be recorded as these medicine men are aging and valuable information is being lost.

This book provides information about Russell Willier’s healing practices, along with detailed information and color photos on the herbal remedies he uses, where the plants are harvested, their active ingredients, and their general usefulness in alternative therapies.

This is the first time detailed information has been published about indigenous Native American healing traditions.

The book includes ancient healing stories, Native American wisdom on ecological practices that affect the survival of medicinal plants, as well as a discussion on the role of alternative healers in our modern health care system.

Young and Rogers present Willier’s knowledge as an anthropological study and herbal handbook, and this book will help lead the way to establishing a solid foundation of traditional medicinal knowledge that will aid in cultural revitalization, the training of young healers, and the education of aboriginals and others in natural medicine.

You can read an excerpt here!



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 here. 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. 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 website here.



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.

Tags: Alternative & Integrative Therapies Herbalism David Earl Young Robert Dale Rogers Russell Willer
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