The Indian Medicine Man Author:Robert Hofsinde (Gray-Wolf) Morrow Junior Books — Eagle Library Edition — Fourth Printing, September 1971 — The importance of the medicine man to the Indian can scarcely be overestimated. Undoubtedly he helped his fellow tribesmen in many ways. Most medicine men spent years studying plants, herbs, barks, and they knew how to use them medicinally. Some medicine men were seers ... more »as well as healers. All were greatly respected for their wisdom and spiritual powers.
In this book Mr. Hofsinde describes the work of medicine men from six tribal groups -- the Sioux, Iroquois, Apache, Navaho, Ojibwa, and the Northwest Coast Indians -- and presents interesting examples of each.
While the Navahos relied for their cures on prayers and the use of herbs, the shaman of the Northwest Coast used tricks and sham. Hollow tubes of seaweed that served as speaking tubes were hidden under plank floors, and well-oiled trap doors allowed the appearance of "spirits" from beneath the ground.
From the first through last chapter, the reader is aware of the author's intimate knowledge of Indian customes and rites, as well as his respect and regard for the people who originated them.
"In all of his books, Robert Hofsinde, who knows the customs of Indian tribes intimately, selects a specific area of Indian culture, investigates it thoroughly and presents his findings simply and well. His books, short, easy, informative, with his own clear drawings, are everywhere popular with children." --N.Y. Herald Tribune« less