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Product Details

  • Series: First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816529566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816529568
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Put this book at the top of your list of essential reading about indigenous cultures and healing practices of the Americas. Beautifully written and researched, Professor Gonzales' book is enriched by her accounts of personal experience with red medicine and the resurgence of indigenous women in the role of healers.” —Leslie Marmon Silko

"It is often difficult to write academically about a subject that is so ethereal, but Patrisia Gonzales manages to blend the scholarly and personal sides of her topic effortlessly."—AlterNative




"Through Indigenous knowledge and teachings, which are rooted in Spiderwoman Knowledge, Gonzales presents a personal/communal and scholarly account that challenges Western ways of knowing and de-Indianization. As a study that privileges Indigenous knowledge, Gonzales’s writing reflects that of ceremony. Thus, the book is itself poetically written and reflects the cyclic order of life."—American Indian Quarterly

“Gonzales does an outstanding job negotiating the current literature in several related fields. Her breadth and depth of research is absolutely impressive. This book is a wonderful and rich tapestry of history woven with narratives and storytelling.” —Elisa Facio, author of Understanding Older Chicanas: Sociological and Public Policy Perspectives

About the Author

Patrisia Gonzales is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies and is an affiliated faculty member in American Indian Studies Programs and the Native American Research and Training Center at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Mud People: Chronicles, Testimonios & Remembrances.


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Found the book very interesting and very informative.
wolfdog
Dr. Gonzales identifies submerged Indigenous Knowledge as being in the process of re-emergence throughout the Americas.
Guojun Susana L
Ms. Gonzales doesn't just study Red Medicine she was taught by some of the best and is a curandera in her own right.
Odilia Mendez

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Imelda G Garcia on March 8, 2013
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I bought my first copy of this book last October and could not put it down until I finished it. It is a wonderful exploration of Indigenous medicine, birthing, and renewal. I still find myself rereading certain sections over again as they bring so much remembrance and healing. It also has great references to read further. I bought a second copy of the book to gift to a friend who works with women's health. I have never met Patrisia Gonzales in person but will make it a point to attend anything she presents. Buy this book, you will love it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guojun Susana L on September 20, 2012
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Grandmother picks up her broom.

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I remember Dr. Gonzales asking me during a phone call what I had learnt from her newest book, to which I immediately became tongue-tied. To come upon Red Medicine has been - for me - to come upon a tree of life, growing out of life and enabling it in turn. I realize, even as I write, that I will never be able to fully express the impact that the book continues to have on my life. But gone are the days of taking and not even trying to give back, and the time of remaining inarticulate is also over. Dr. Gonzales as Indigenous storyteller and researcher looks us straight in the eye as she helps us to navigate multiple layers of experience and meaning, having herself reconciled countless experiences in order to bring the book into existence. She writes Red Medicine with the insight and authority of a traditional birth assistant and self-healer who has repeatedly stood vigil upon the fine line between life and death, a promotora consciously braiding her peoples' blood memories with the present, a herbalist who knows that some of the most essential understandings are transmitted unwritten. As somebody who lives Red Medicine, the writer of Red Medicine makes us think that perhaps we are all here at this time as translators - of our own embodied lessons into something accessible, uplifting and transformative for everyone. And so I wanted to try writing this review as my tribute to a book that has done just that. Even then, I feel that I write with every risk of being reductionist.

Red Medicine's tree of life branches out in every sacred direction.

The branches of Red Medicine's tree of life grow in the direction of birth, children and return. Dr.
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By Odilia Mendez on September 24, 2013
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This book is a bit difficult to read because it is based on research an a bit intellectual. And that's what makes it great. It challenges the reader to understand Red Medicine both the mythical and the practical uses and it's value to our society. Anyone wrting a paper on related subject will need to used Red Medicine as a valid source of knowledge. Ms. Gonzales doesn't just study Red Medicine she was taught by some of the best and is a curandera in her own right.
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