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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 704 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 00:16
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 220 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 07:10
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 237 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 21:35
Re: A Beast on the Beach 240 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 01:34
Re: A Beast on the Beach 229 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 01:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 238 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 08:21
Re: A Beast on the Beach 243 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:53
Re: A Beast on the Beach 337 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:10
Re: A Beast on the Beach 235 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:33
Re: A Beast on the Beach 228 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 16:13
Re: A Beast on the Beach 240 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:38
Re: A Beast on the Beach 241 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 354 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 23:37
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 270 lobo-hotei 13-Feb-04 00:10
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 265 WideEyed 13-Feb-04 00:11
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 266 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:34
whoops...meant to say..."in your home" not "in their home" n/t. 271 Cleopatra 13-Feb-04 09:35
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 297 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:16
Re: Astral projected skinwalkers 276 ArmchairObserver 13-Feb-04 17:02
For Lobo... 335 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 19:22
For Cleo! lol 244 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 22:46
Beach Watch? 234 Thirdwave 11-Feb-04 17:13
Re: Beach Watch? 205 WideEyed 11-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Beach Watch? 235 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 09:27
Re: A Beast on the Beach 267 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 09:18
Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 311 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 10:24
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 253 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 17:20
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 285 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:03
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 247 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 18:31
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 242 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 18:36
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 335 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:47
Re: Lynn Andrews and shape-shifting 226 catrowan 13-Feb-04 09:06
beast/skinwalker/shapeshifter in Brazil 470 Cleopatra 12-Feb-04 18:18
Re: A Beast on the Beach 226 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 20:11
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 247 ArmchairObserver 12-Feb-04 22:41
Re: A Beast on the Beach 216 lobo-hotei 12-Feb-04 23:03
Re: A Beast on the Beach 219 WideEyed 12-Feb-04 22:51
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Re: A Beast on the Beach 238 ArmchairObserver 14-Feb-04 07:04
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disappearing... 411 Cleopatra 14-Feb-04 10:35


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