Cherokee Medicine Man: The Life and Work of a Modern-Day Healer

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University of Oklahoma Press, Dec 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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A modern medicine man portrayed through the words of the people he has helped

Robert J. Conley did not set out to chronicle the life of Cherokee medicine man John Little Bear. Instead, the medicine man came to him. Little Bear asked Conley to write down his story, to reveal to the world “what Indian medicine is really about.” For Little Bear, as for the Cherokee ancestors who brought their traditions over the Trail of Tears to Indian Territory, the medicine is about helping people. Visitors from neighboring states and Mexico come to him, each one seeking help for a different kind of problem. Each seeker’s story is presented here exactly as it was told to Conley.

Little Bear has cured problems involving health, relationships, and money by uncovering the source of the problem rather than simply treating the symptoms. Whereas mainstream medicine and counseling have failed his patients, Little Bear’s healing practices have proven beneficial time and again.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
A Brief History of the Cherokees and the Origins of Medicine
8
Interview with Little Bear
31
A Very Brief Life Story
43
The Beginnings of This Book
49
Sallys Story
51
Alex
53
Franks Story
54
Conines Story
95
Agness Story
97
Emilianos Story
99
Jeffs Story
100
Chriss Journey
103
James Again
105
Miscellaneous Tales and Anecdotes
106
A Typical Saturday Afternoon
118

Georges Story
58
Martha Jane
60
Sonnys Story
61
Henrys Story
63
The Sweat
64
Going to Water
68
Dreams
71
Maggies Story
73
Marks Story
75
Rainmakers Story
78
Gobys Story
80
Jamess Story
85
Lauras Story
89
Indian Medicine and Christianity
92
The Little People
93
The Stomp Dance
122
Spirit War
124
Yet Another One
129
A Hunting Story
132
Dealing with the Legal System
133
A NightGoer
135
Three Topics
136
Dillard
139
Its Not All Medicine
140
Shapeshifting
142
The Baboon
143
Jim and Steve
144
Afterword
147
Glossary
151
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Robert J. Conley (1940-2014) was the author of the Real People series, The Witch of Goingsnake and Other Stories, and Mountain Windsong. A three-time winner of the Spur Award and Oklahoma Writer of the Year in 1999, Conley was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame in 1996. He was named Writer of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers in 2000 for Cherokee Dragon.

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