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A Cree healer and his medicine bundle : revelations of indigenous wisdom ; healing plants, practices, and stories / David Young, Robert Rogers, and Russell Willier.

  • Young, David E. (David Earl)
  • Books

About this work


"Details the life and healing practices of medicine man Russell Willier, with extensive photographs and materials on the plants used by Willier in addition to valuable information on the active ingredients in these plants and their uses in alternative therapies"--


Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, [2015]

Physical description

xiii, 223 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


Part I. Russell Willier, Cree healer -- Chapter one. Willier's life as a healer -- Becoming a medicine man -- Approaching a healer -- My cosmology -- Grandmothers and grandfathers -- Collecting plants -- Common problems treated -- Survival of Native medicine -- Working with non-Native doctors -- The future -- Chapter two. Ecological issues important to Willier -- Clearcut -- Fish -- Ducks -- Moose and deer -- Plants -- Fires -- Chapter three. My favourite healing stories -- Near death experiences of patients -- Predicaments in which healers can find themselves -- Part II. Russell Willier's medicine bundle -- Chapter four. Field trip, summer 2011 -- Chapter five. Plants used by Russell Willier -- Part III. The efficacy of Native medicine -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Maps of areas where Willier collects his herbs -- Appendix B: Common English names for the plants used by Willier -- Appendix C: Cree names for the plants used by Willier -- Appendix D: English names used by willier for the plants he uses.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-215) and index.



  • English

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    History of Medicine BZP (Willier)


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  • 9781583949030
  • 1583949038