Paranormal & Supernatural :  The Official GrahamHancock.com forums
For discussions of everything that might be classed as ‘paranormal‘ - i.e. not currently accepted by our modern scientific paradigm. 
Welcome! Log InRegister
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.

Selling Native American Soul

Elder Statement

Options: ReplyQuote


Subject Views Written By Posted
A Beast on the Beach 613 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 00:16
Re: A Beast on the Beach 215 David L 11-Feb-04 00:40
Re: A Beast on the Beach 204 Briffits 11-Feb-04 02:00
Re: A Beast on the Beach 189 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 07:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 215 Briffits 11-Feb-04 08:11
Re: A Beast on the Beach 177 Dean R 11-Feb-04 15:20
Re: A Beast on the Beach 205 Thirdpalissy 11-Feb-04 16:15
Re: A Beast on the Beach 223 Milo 11-Feb-04 16:34
Re: A Beast on the Beach 189 ArmchairObserver 11-Feb-04 17:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 204 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:15
Re: A Beast on the Beach 206 Zosimos 11-Feb-04 20:09
Re: A Beast on the Beach 152 Milo 11-Feb-04 23:14
Re: A Beast on the Beach 200 Thirdpalissy 11-Feb-04 22:49
Re: A Beast on the Beach 208 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 18:27
Re: A Beast on the Beach 204 Dean R 11-Feb-04 20:21
Re: A Beast on the Beach 204 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:00
Re: A Beast on the Beach 212 Dean R 11-Feb-04 21:26
Re: A Beast on the Beach 206 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:35
Re: A Beast on the Beach 209 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 01:34
Re: A Beast on the Beach 198 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 01:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 210 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 08:21
Re: A Beast on the Beach 208 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 303 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 205 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:33
Re: A Beast on the Beach 197 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:13
Re: A Beast on the Beach 211 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:38
Re: A Beast on the Beach 210 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 298 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 23:37
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 236 lobo-hotei 13-Feb-04 00:10
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 236 WideEyed 13-Feb-04 00:11
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 230 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:34
whoops...meant to say..."in your home" not "in their home" n/t. 236 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:35
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 268 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:16
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 245 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:02
For Lobo... 304 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 19:22
For Cleo! lol 214 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 22:46
Beach Watch? 203 Thirdwave 11-Feb-04 17:13
Re: Beach Watch? 172 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Beach Watch? 203 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:27
Re: A Beast on the Beach 230 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 09:18
Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 269 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:24
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 213 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:20
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 253 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:03
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 216 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 18:31
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 213 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 301 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:47
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 196 catrowan 13-Feb-04 09:06
beast/skinwalker/shapeshifter in Brazil 422 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:18
Re: A Beast on the Beach 198 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 20:11
Re: A Beast on the Beach 189 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 20:32
Re: A Beast on the Beach 214 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 22:41
Re: A Beast on the Beach 187 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 23:03
Re: A Beast on the Beach 191 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 22:51
Re: A Beast on the Beach 223 waterstone 13-Feb-04 10:22
Re: A Beast on the Beach 190 WideEyed 13-Feb-04 18:18
Re: A Beast on the Beach 208 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 07:04
Re: A Beast on the Beach 180 Thirdpalissy 14-Feb-04 01:13
Re: A Beast on the Beach 204 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 06:57
disappearing... 349 Cleopatra 14-Feb-04 10:35


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.