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Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing Paperback – June 27, 2006
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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. Patricia Monaghan
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“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
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The only reason why I give this four stars is because some of the information presented can be classified as "New Age" yet the author has a clear bias against New Age spirituality.
It is the story of a modern man who discovers himself and finds his place among tribal people as a healer. Ken Cohen is able to share his path and enlighten the reader while weaving a facinating story. Spirituality is inseperable from healing and indiginous healers understand this. Modern medical people should read this book and change how medicine is practiced today. There is a basic understanding of humanity and wholistic healing that the Native American healers share.
I had friends who wanted to borrow it, but I was not willing to let it go. Thank goodness for amazon.com - I can buy copies for my friends and not have to give up my copy. I highly recommend this book.
Ken Cohen has given the reader a clear understanding of protocols, culture and traditions, sprinkled with personal stories that take the reader into the journey with him. This book is reader friendly....believe me, I get bored easy, I devoured this book and re-read it.
Wish I could met and talk with a man that has had so many wonderful life experiences.
There is so much precious knowledge out there and it is being lost or in danger of being lost or destroyed. So many different cultural practices are dieing out. And who benefits? Definably not the human race, as some of us are slowly discovering. Intention, faith, belief, action, This earth has so much to offer all.
Its ridiculous how we abuse this earth and its people. In doing so we all will loose so much.
Ancient knowledge and healing must be continued and taught to who ever wont's to practice it and pass it.
Thank you K C for an interesting read as well as some practices I can incorporate in my life.
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Very informative and accurate.