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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 578 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 00:16
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 170 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 07:10
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 186 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:00
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 191 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:35
Re: A Beast on the Beach 192 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 01:34
Re: A Beast on the Beach 180 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 01:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 191 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 08:21
Re: A Beast on the Beach 184 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 282 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 189 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:33
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 191 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:38
Re: A Beast on the Beach 191 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 278 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 23:37
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 219 lobo-hotei 13-Feb-04 00:10
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 218 WideEyed 13-Feb-04 00:11
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 209 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:34
whoops...meant to say..."in your home" not "in their home" n/t. 214 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:35
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 250 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:16
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 228 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:02
For Lobo... 279 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 19:22
For Cleo! lol 207 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 22:46
Beach Watch? 187 Thirdwave 11-Feb-04 17:13
Re: Beach Watch? 155 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Beach Watch? 184 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:27
Re: A Beast on the Beach 205 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 09:18
Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 244 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:24
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 196 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:20
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 231 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:03
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 197 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 18:31
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 197 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 281 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:47
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 191 catrowan 13-Feb-04 09:06
beast/skinwalker/shapeshifter in Brazil 395 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:18
Re: A Beast on the Beach 182 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 20:11
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 196 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 22:41
Re: A Beast on the Beach 172 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 23:03
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 194 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 07:04
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 188 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 06:57
disappearing... 326 Cleopatra 14-Feb-04 10:35


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