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 Photo taken at Manitou Lake, Saskatchewan, Cree Territory

Written in honor of Niwiciwakan

[Words in brackets below are in Cree.]

Long ago, crying for a vision,
A Hawk landed on a tree
At arms length from my Fasting Place
Flew off to Sakastenohk [East]
I heard a voice,

Photo of a Siberian (Tuvan) Shaman, taken in 2002 during his visit and cultural exchange at my home ©Kenneth Cohen

The assumption that “shamanism” or "core shamanism" is the same as Native American wisdom is wrong on so many fronts. Here are some:

1. Shaman is a word fro...

Part 1 The US National Institutes of Health

Many people concerned with the rights of North America’s original peoples are aware of the heinous history of colonialism and the abuses perpetrated by boarding schools (and racist education in general), church indoctrination...

January 5, 2018

This is a selection from "Native American Healing" Chapter 108 in the medical school textbook, Wilderness Medicine ©Elsevier Publications, 7th Edition (2016) ed. by Paul S. Auerbach, MD. The complete chapter was a 54 page manuscript, 14 pages in fine print, with numero...

October 8, 2013

Native American prayers sometimes begin with a simple statement of one’s name--“My name is... I send a voice to you, Great Spirit.” I say my name because my words are a matter of honor; I take responsibility for what I say. Spirits and the Great Spirit recognize me by...

April 11, 2013

O Ke Au O Makali’i Ka Po
When the Pleiades was seen at night…
--from the Kumulipo, Creation Teaching/Chant of Hawai’i

On April 1, 2013 the scientific journal Nature published an article “DNA study links indigenous Brazilians to Polynesians.” By analyzing the rema...

Photo by Ken Cohen of Kumeyaay traditional Bird Singers during the public dedication of "Coyote Tracks,"

a magnificent sculpture of a Kumeyaay basket pattern (behind the singers) by Santa Ysabel Kumeyaay artist Kenneth Banks.

The April 2012 issue of Scientific American...

December 1, 2011

originally published in The Journal of Shamanic Practice, 5:1, Spring 2012, pp. 28-31

“Join in the circle, carry the song

In this wild world, we all belong.

We’re part of the story; we know from the start

That everyone counts if you open your heart.”

--Tom Heidlebaugh, from...

September 22, 2011

On September 22, 1973, Ojibwe activist and artist Adam Fortunate Eagle landed in Italy in full regalia, and planting his ceremonial spear in the ground, took possession of that country by "right of discovery" (as established in European law). To the credit of Native Am...

September 20, 2011

While traveling in eastern Canada a few years ago I had the opportunity to meet with my old teacher and friend, N’Tsukw. Now in his mid-eighties, he is the last of my original indigenous mentors who is still alive. N’Tsukw is an Innu (called the Montagnais in French an...

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