WHAT IS INDIGENOUS “MEDICINE”? Part 1 [article] [YouTube]

WHAT IS INDIGENOUS “MEDICINE”?

Let’s look at Mad Bear’s Medicine (as an example) to inform us!

 

“The power is not within the medicine men, the power is within the Creator.  We work through the Creator.  We’re only the tools of the Creator.  Without him, Indian medicine can’t work.” -Mad Bear (Tuscarora/Iroquois)

 

It was Mad Bear’s eventful circumstance of being denied a G.I. bill loan to build a house on the Tuscarora Reservation that triggered his calling to become an activist for his Indian people and a medicine man.  Mad Bear researched the prophecies of this people, the teachings of the great Peacemaker, the political history of his forefathers and sought out the great medicine men of the Haudenosaunee.

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BECOMING AN APPRENTICE TO AN ELDER [article]

 

BECOMING AN APPRENTICE TO AN ELDER 

(Learning the traditional way)

 

Relationship built on Trust

With all the years that Michael Bastine (Algonquin) spent with elder Mad Bear (Tuscarora/Iroquois) as his apprenticehe never once heard him say what anyone should or shouldn’t do.  Mad Bear would give caution at times, but he respected free will.  Mad Bear never tried to portray himself as an authority figure.

Due to this mutually respectful relationship, Michael and Mad Bear’s other apprentices had the opportunity to learn traditional medicine ways in an environment that was sacred and built on trust.

 

“I have consistently found that it is very important to listen, observe quietly and refrain from questions.  Native people are very keen observers.  They do not barrage their teachers and elders with questions.  Instead, they watch and listen.  It is a cultural learning modality born of experience and one worth noting.” -Tim Ballingham (Mad Bear’s apprentice)

 

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TIME FOR INTER-TRIBAL UNITY [ Call-To-Action speech] [transcript]

 

Transcript of Inter-Tribal Unity Speech by Mad Bear Anderson (Tuscarora/Iroquois)

 

Speaker/Mad Bear: Time is ever so short! You must, right now straighten this out, between yourself, the Creator and my people. We are gathering our nations together! You must gather yours together!  To return back to the spiritual way of life; to return back as the Creator has intended. Or this whole world will be destroyed.

We are here today under our grandfather the Sun who is our witness and we have come here to deliver a message to all of you people, to all of our brothers & sisters to tell you that there are many things that are happening in this world now, and that we who are close to the forces of nature, close to the land and the spirits, and close to the Creator, know how to interpret these things, according to our prophecies.

Our Unity Caravan to begin with, began on August 21, 1967, at the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, near Bethany, New York. We called an emergency council, an emergency convention. We sent notices to all of our brothers & sisters, to come and meet with us because we saw a great problem facing our people.

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WE MUST GATHER OUR NATIONS TOGETHER [E-Book]

 

Hopi–Iroquois led… AMERICAN INDIAN UNITY MOVEMENT (1950’s–1980’s).  Free E-Book on “Mad Bear” Anderson (Tuscarora) and the Red Road of Spiritual Activism. Share while this book is freely available!

Note: CYGM does not promote or affiliates itself with social activist causes (Climate Change, Politics, Racial Equity, etc.) or Religion, its focus is strictly spiritual; encouraging creativity & personal development.  This E-Book covers the span of Mad Bear’s career.  He was both a medicine man/spiritual leader and activist for Native American & environmental causes.  The main emphasis of  this E-book is on Mad Bear’s historical path as a medicine man/spiritual leader.  Towards the end of Mad Bear’s life he became more focused on issues pertaining to spiritual unity, and much less on political activism.  All-in-all…. he was a Spiritual Activist!  Please read with the intention of gaining spiritual growth, which leads to personal development.

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