Category: Indigenous Cultures & Anthropology

Fifty Shades of Grey and the Rise of Control Addiction

by Jalaja Bonheim Last month, author E.L. James released yet another installation in the wildly popular series Fifty Shades of Grey, this time from the perspective of Christian Grey, a billionaire entrepreneur with a penchant for sexual bondage, dominance, and sadism. The book quickly joined the rest of the series on bestseller lists nationwide proving, in the …continue

“Back to Peru” from Talking Story

by Marie-Rose Phan-Lê In this beautiful excerpt from her book, Talking Story, Marie-Rose Phan-Lê takes readers into the rain forest to walk with Don Pablo, a Peruvian shaman. It offers a brief but wonderfully vivid depiction of his environment and the wisdom he passes to students in these changing times.   Back to Peru Why …continue

New Release: A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle

  ABOUT THE BOOK 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 …continue

What’s Your Shamanic Zodiac Sign?

by Lucy Harmer   Want to know your shamanic zodiac sign? Check out the chart below from Shamanic Astrology by Lucy Harmer! If you keep reading, you’ll find out how you can use the medicine of each sign to improve your life, no matter when you were born.     MEDICINE In shamanic terms, medicine …continue

Healing Uses of Sage and Birch from A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle

by David Young, Robert Robers, and Russell Willier A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle offers readers information often reserved exclusively for Native American healers. While talking about these ancient medicines openly was once taboo, the threat of losing this invaluable wisdom has begun to inspire a change of heart. For the first time, a medicine man …continue

“Grief is Praise” from The Smell of Rain on Dust

by Martín Prechtel The following is an excerpt from The Smell of Rain on Dust by Martín Prechtel. In his book, Prechtel explains that the unexpressed grief prevalent in our society today is the reason for many of the social, cultural, and individual maladies that we are currently experiencing. He goes on to show how this collective, unexpressed …continue