WHAT IS INDIGENOUS “MEDICINE”?
Let’s look at Eleazar Williams’ Medicine (for an example)!
One of the great Tuscarora medicine men was Eleazar Williams (1880-1968), a Sachem Chief of the Turtle Clan. He studied medicine under the tutelage of Juh G’wa Dee (Cayuga) from the 6 Nations reserve in Canada.
Eleazar was the father of elder Mad Bear’s friend, Ted Williams (1930-2005). Just like Peter Mitten, Mad Bear had a high degree of respect & admiration for Eleazar and the lighthearted, yet humble way in which he practiced Native American medicine.
The Williams family had a great sense of humor and they were fun to be around. This probably had an influence on Mad Bear as well. The Williams, like many Tuscarora families, were both Baptist and traditional. They managed to preserve & maintain their traditional customs & beliefs, while practicing Christianity.