Iroquois Medical Botany

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Syracuse University Press, 1995 - Science - 278 pages
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This is the first book to provide a guide to understanding the use of herbal medicines in traditional Iroquois culture. The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy - the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations - is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is evident, especially in their medical practices, which connect man to nature and the powerful forces in the supernatural realm. This book relates Iroquois cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used and continue to use plants as remedies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Folk Conceptions of Health and Medicine
25
Conceptions of Illness in Traditional Iroquois Culture
33
Medical Treatments in Traditional Iroquois Culture
65
Powerful Medicinal Plants in Traditional Iroquois Culture
89
Native Names Uses and Preparations of Plants
95
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Dean Snow is professor and head of anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include "The Archaeology of North America" (1979) and" The Archaeology of North American Indians" (1989).

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