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PEOPLE & TRADITIONS - TRADITIONAL HEALING

Our Health

Native American Ethnobotany
(University Of Michigan-Dearborn)

Native American Healing
(American Cancer Society)

Native American Traditional Healing
(New Mexico AIDS InfoNet)

Justice Department Announces Policy on Tribal Member Use of Eagle Feathers
(U.S. Department of Justice)
The Department of Justice policy addressing the ability of members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess or use eagle feathers, an issue of great cultural significance to many tribes and their members. October 2012.

National Eagle Feather Repository
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Provides a central location for the receipt, storage, and distribution of bald and golden eagles that are found dead, and their parts. The eagles, and their parts, are shipped to qualified Native Americans for use in religious Indian ceremonies.

Traditional Healing in Healthfinder
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Traditional Health, Medicine and Healing
(Alaska Native Knowledge Network)

Traditional Medicine - Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine/ University of Alaska Anchorage)

Our Stories

Alternative Methods Still Important to Native Healers
(University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Today, Native women are using traditional methods to heal the wounds of disease, poverty and and under-funded health care budgets.

Connecting Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Traditional Native Healing Practices
(National Cancer Institute, NIH)
Dr. White, Director of The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) and Dr. Henderson, CEO of Black Hills Center for American Indian Health; discuss cancer research as it relates to complementary and alternative medicine in the Native American community.


Essential Oils
(Wisdom of the Elders)
Explains the art of making and using essential oils and shares how the beauty and aroma of flowers and trees offer healing of our physical as well as our emotional, mental and spiritual health.
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Feminine Aspects of the Plant World
(Wisdom of the Elders)
A discussion about healing as a traditional role for native women.
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The Gifts of the Plant People
(Wisdom of the Elders)
A herbalist discusses indigenous ways of developing a relationship with the plant world and native herbalists' lifetime commitment to herbal medicine.
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Growing Roots: Native American Evidence-Based Practices
(Journal of Psychoactive Drugs)
This special issue of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs explores evidence-based practices for Native Americans. It looks at contemporary behavioral health and substance abuse treatment and prevention practices of Native Americans in a context that is both historical and aware of Native American ways of knowing.

In the Words of Our Ancestors: Our Health, Strengthened by Sharing Métis Health and Healing (PDF, 2.64 MB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
This book contains the words of Métis ancestors and Elders from the past and present. A series of Métis Elders‘ gatherings were held between 2003 and 2006 to recognize, share, protect, affirm, use and revitalize Métis traditional health and healing knowledge and practices. The wisdom that was graciously shared at these historic meetings is the basis for this book.

Ogeebiccoon Roots
A reflection about the roots of plants and how they relate to the roots of community.

This digital story was produced at Fond Du Lac Human Services, with assistance from nDigiDreams, LLC, and sponsorship from the American Indian Health User Group and the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine.
        Transcript (PDF, 20 KB)


Pandemic Influenza Storybook
(Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention)
A historical look at the 1918 pandemic flu and how one family used traditional healing to ease symptoms.

Sacred Landscape
(Wisdom of the Elders)
The speaker discusses traditional herbal knowledge during a visit with Teton Sioux herbalists and her granddaugter.
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For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

An Overview of Traditional Knowledge and Medicine and Public Health In Canada (PDF, 321 KB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
This 2008 paper provides and overview of traditional healing and knowledge in Canada.

The Haudenosaunee Code of Behaviour For Traditional Medicine Healers (PDF, 492 KB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
This 2007 document represents one possible model as a path forward for individuals, communities and nations as they seek to protect and promote traditional healing practices and knowledge. It also provides information on other activities that have been undertaken in the area of traditional healing practices and knowledge.

Native Americans and Traditional Medicine
(National Library of Medicine)
Journal citations in MEDLINE/PubMed

Native American Ethnobotany
(University Of Michigan-Dearborn)
A Database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants.

Sacred Ways of Life: Traditional Medicine (PDF, 1.24 MB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
A toolkit developed for individuals and communities interested in the protection and promotion of traditional knowledge and healing practices.

Suicide Prevention: Inuit Traditional Practices that Encouraged Resilience and Coping (PDF, 475 KB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
A 2006 report which outlines the Inuit traditional practices that encouraged resilience and coping and their use in the prevention of suicide.

Traditional Medicine In Contemporary Contexts: Protecting and Respecting Indigenous Knowledge and Medicine (PDF, 296 KB)
(National Aboriginal Health Organization)
This 2003 paper examines the meaning of traditional healing, roles of those involved in the practice and intellectual properity rights and commericalization of traditional healing.

"Traditional [Native American] Indian Medicine Treatment of Chronic Illness: Development of an Integrated Program with Conventional Medicine and Evaluation of Effectiveness."
(Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.)
Report of meetings between the author and Native Americna healers on the mind-body relationship and how these beliefs impact western medicine.

Health Information About Traditional Healing for Everyone

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(New York Online Access to Health)

Herbs and Supplements in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)


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