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"Creek Indian Medicine Ways is a carefully researched and nuanced work that makes a vital contribution to the scholarly discourse on Native American culture." - Journal of the West "Lewis... tells about the medicine tradition that has shaped his life. He reveals memories of his childhood training and initiation, remembrances about his father and grandmother, the sacred story of the origin of plants he uses in his cures, and details about some of the ceremonies. Anthropologist Jordan (University of North Texas) documents the place of Lewis's medicine family in the written record and traces the accounts of Mvskoke religion from the 18th century to the present." - Book News, Inc."

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In Creek Indian Medicine Ways, Jordan traces the written accounts of Mvskoke religion from the eighteenth century to the present in order to historically contextualize Lewis's story and knowledge. This book is a collaboration between anthropologist and medicine man that provides a rare glimpse of a living religious tradition and its origins.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (August 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826323685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826323682
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2010
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I'm Mvskoke Creek and a traditional stompdancer and medicine taker. However, I am not a medicine man, so the info in this book was very interesting to me. I learned things that I would not have learned otherwise, even at my family grounds. Things like this are not told to anybody except young men that are learning to become medicine makers. It is said that if you speak of things that go on within the Creek culture, you will get very ill. So we only speak generally about our traditions on a "need to know" basis. I feel that this belief is what is killing my culture. I'm glad that at least one person was brave enough to write about these things so that I can pass this knowledge down to my son. With this book and the few others like it, I hope that my culture stays around for eternity.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Zane Ivy on November 12, 2003
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If you are descended from any of the Nations that are from the SE of the US, you should read this book. It is a great book that gives a first person account of traditional Mvskogi medicine traditions passed through a particular family of the bird clan. Ok, there was an anthropologist involved...but he keeps his distance and admits his shortcomings. I really commend him for that. The account is what the medicine person himself wanted to say...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teri Ciocco on June 3, 2008
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I thought this was a good book. My son who is more educated in Creek Indian culture differs in opinion. He felt that it wasn't authentic enough. My personal feelings are that it held plenty of knowledge for my interest level. It was a quick and fun read. I leave it in the guest room for visitors to browse. I had a few visitors who have stayed up too late because they got caught up in reading it. I would classify this as a book that might get you interested in knowing more. The author doesn't claim to be the last and only expert in this area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morningbear on February 24, 2011
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Over the years, my ties to Muscogie Ways was through neighbors and friends with deep ties to the Creek Baptist Churches. Weighing those testimonies with these, harmonizes their special witness in a a world seeking assimilation of sovereign cultures everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2012
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It's nice to know that not all of the culture was lost and this book is a gem for people who want to learn more about the Creek culture.
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