Natural Native American Healing Creates Communitas

1. Healing Practices unite and reinforces bonding within the people.

The Origin

  • Polygenesis background- healing practices come from several tribes
  • 1830 Indian Removal Act– relocations encouraged continuity and dissemenation of beliefs in an effort to keep their culture alive

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  • Support from family and friends helps invoke power that will scare away bad spirits
  • Native American teachings emphasize the tribe as having greater power than the whole
  • The community share the task of taking care of the sick and bringing him back to health
  • Believe in the “butterfly effect”- everything is related and has an impact on each other no matter how small it may be. 

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