Books by Jennifer Hewitson

Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Emphasizing Native Americans' spirituality, Wolfson relates some of their traditional ways for dealing with physical and emotional illness and injury, through herbal medicines and ceremonies conducted by medicine men and other healers. The use of songs and sacred objects (including masks and sweat lodges), the special attention paid to dreams, and secret medicine societies are described. Evident throughout are the Native Americans' wide knowledge of herbals (some of which find general use today) and their particular view of life. Linking their traditions to New Age activities, Wolfson is fairly uncritical and sometimes admiring, relying on anecdotal evidence and never distinguishing between what worked and what didn't. With only one mild disclaimer (``The herbs are not recommended for use''), her detailed description of the plants is worrisome. A possible additional purchase, but Liptak's North American Indian Medicine People (1990) is probably a better choice. Despite an impressive bibliography (largely inaccessible for the intended reader), no attribution is made for anecdotes or quotes. Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >