Medicine People and Healers

The healing practices of Native Americans are thousands of years old. Tribes throughout North America learned by mixing certain herbs and plants they could heal medical ailments. Many tribes believed that one’s health was an expression of one’s spirit and so it was imperative to keep the spirit healthy. The role of medicine men was to acquire the help of the spirit to heal a sick individual, and many medicine people were born into families with long lineages of the profession.

Jamie Sams – Holy Person

Sams is a holy person of Cherokee and Seneca decent. He works to heal issues involving toxins within the body, mourning, humiliation and personal integrity.


George Amiotte – Medicine Man

Amiotte specializes in helping veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. Part of his work involves the use of the Sun Dance ceremony in healing.


The following books are available for “self-starters” who wish to learn more:

Healing Secrets of the Native Americans: Herbs, Remedies, and Practices That Restore the Body, Refresh the Mind, and Rebuild the Spirit


Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to the Eastern Indian Tribes


The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men


Native Healer: Initiation into an Ancient Art


(Editor’s Note: Tribes in your area may be able to offer referrals to healers. A listing of tribes can be obtained in Native America Today’s community resources section)

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