• Don’t believe anyone claiming to be American Indian shamans , talking about tarot cards and Wiccan/pagan things, or talking about crystals and New Age things. I’ve got nothing against shamanism, paganism, or the New Age, but a cow is not a horse: none of these things are traditionally Native American. Shamanism is a Russian mystic tradition, Wicca is a religion based in pre-Christian European traditions, Tarot readings are an Indo-European divination method, and the New Age is a syncretic belief system invented, as its name suggests, in the modern era. None of them have anything to do with authentic Indian traditions, and anyone who thinks they do is likely to be wrong about anything else he claims about Native American religions as well. Wiccans and New Agers don’t have any more knowledge about actual American Indian beliefs than you do.

    Now having said that….Your not going to find much in the way of books that talk about authentic “medicine”. The reason for that is, that it is a very personal thing and a person of medicine doesn’t go around advertising it. We take our spirituality very personally, and what is good for one person may not be for another person.

    Read this webpage then we can talk…

  • ANY book or person that talks about native american shamanism is wrong. we don’t now nor have we ever had shamans. you can argue that all you want but the surest way to spot a fake native is their use of the term shaman. and every REAL (as in raised in the culture) native will back that up.

  • Wyrdwalkers: Techniques of Northern-Tradition Shamanism and Wightridden: Paths of Northern-Tradition Shamanism both by Raven Kaldera are good books. I don’t have any Native American specific references.

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