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Good lord, don't read her books! My husband's uncle is the grandson of a navajo medicine man and the stepson of another medicine man, who is the medicine man that our family has used. These men and women are the most traditional of the tribe and it is unlikely in the extreme that a medicine woman would teach a white woman her tribe's sacred ways. Or any white of any gender. It would be almost impossibly rare. You can't even get a medicine man (a good one at least, some might snow a tourist) to do a blessing ceremony for you if you are white. I've participated in a few ceremonies only because my husband is navajo and I bore a navajo child. This makes me part of the tribe by marriage and, hence, my attendance of ceremonies is acceptable. I was told many times by many of my extended in-law family that whites were simply not allowed at these ceremonies. Why? Because of people like Lynn Andrews.

Native American sacred ceremonies are taken very seriously by tribes. A local member of the Hopi tribe was just banished from his tribe's lands because he wrote an essay describing a ceremony for public viewing. This is forbidden. If it is abominable for a member of a tribe to write down sacred ceremonies for an essay, imagine the reaction towards a white woman claiming education, making up ceremonies and calling it all "native american". It's beyond disgusting. It was explained to me that the reason why whites aren't generally allowed to attend more serious ceremonies is because of the tendency to abuse this and warp it into some new age thing. Sounds like Lynn Andrews to me.

I would treat her work as fiction, in all honesty. It is just all very implausible and, if you read the article below, probably unlikely. It probably has some merit in that it is a book that empowers women to believe in themselves but I wouldn't use it as a reference guide about any actual native american belief, ceremony and certainly not as a guide about Native Americans themselves. There are other much better books concerning native americans than Lynn Andrew's mishmash.

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A Beast on the Beach 541 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 00:16
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 157 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 07:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 180 Briffits 11-Feb-04 08:11
Re: A Beast on the Beach 144 Dean R 11-Feb-04 15:20
Re: A Beast on the Beach 176 Thirdpalissy 11-Feb-04 16:15
Re: A Beast on the Beach 195 Milo 11-Feb-04 16:34
Re: A Beast on the Beach 157 ArmchairObserver 11-Feb-04 17:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 174 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:15
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 124 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:14
Re: A Beast on the Beach 171 Thirdpalissy 11-Feb-04 22:49
Re: A Beast on the Beach 178 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 18:27
Re: A Beast on the Beach 172 Dean R 11-Feb-04 20:21
Re: A Beast on the Beach 174 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:00
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 177 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:35
Re: A Beast on the Beach 180 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 01:34
Re: A Beast on the Beach 167 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 01:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 179 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 08:21
Re: A Beast on the Beach 172 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 269 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 175 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:33
Re: A Beast on the Beach 166 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:13
Re: A Beast on the Beach 178 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:38
Re: A Beast on the Beach 178 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 261 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 23:37
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 205 lobo-hotei 13-Feb-04 00:10
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 204 WideEyed 13-Feb-04 00:11
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 193 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:34
whoops...meant to say..."in your home" not "in their home" n/t. 199 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:35
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 236 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:16
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 215 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:02
For Lobo... 264 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 19:22
For Cleo! lol 195 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 22:46
Beach Watch? 174 Thirdwave 11-Feb-04 17:13
Re: Beach Watch? 141 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Beach Watch? 171 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:27
Re: A Beast on the Beach 187 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 09:18
Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 222 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:24
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 182 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:20
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 216 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:03
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 184 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 18:31
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 184 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 266 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:47
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 178 catrowan 13-Feb-04 09:06
beast/skinwalker/shapeshifter in Brazil 376 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:18
Re: A Beast on the Beach 169 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 20:11
Re: A Beast on the Beach 159 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 20:32
Re: A Beast on the Beach 183 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 22:41
Re: A Beast on the Beach 159 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 23:03
Re: A Beast on the Beach 162 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 22:51
Re: A Beast on the Beach 188 waterstone 13-Feb-04 10:22
Re: A Beast on the Beach 157 WideEyed 13-Feb-04 18:18
Re: A Beast on the Beach 180 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 07:04
Re: A Beast on the Beach 149 Thirdpalissy 14-Feb-04 01:13
Re: A Beast on the Beach 176 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 06:57
disappearing... 300 Cleopatra 14-Feb-04 10:35


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