Honoring the Medicine
Native American & First Nations Health and Cultural Education
Teachings & Offerings by Ken Cohen
Lectures and Events
Ken offers lectures and educational programs at conferences, universities, hospitals, churches, museums, bookstores, and for Native American/First Nations Health and Cultural organizations.
Programs are designed according to the needs of the community or organization and may include topics such as indigenous traditional medicine: paradigms, values, and practices; the colonial assault on First Peoples' healthcare; indigenous and Western biomedicine: encouraging respectful dialogue; indigenous/de-colonized diet; indigenous psychotherapy: counseling, dreams, and life purpose; song and story-telling; and talking circles. Sacred ceremonies are not included here, as they are not “for sale” but are rather offered according to indigenous protocols and may not be open to the public.
To schedule an online or in-person lecture or seminar, please contact Ken's office at: P.O. Box 1727, Nederland, CO 80466, U.S.A. Phone: 720-985-6445, email: email@example.com.
Ken speaks the Chinese language and is a noted teacher of Tai Chi, Qigong healing practices, and martial arts -- his "day job". He maintains a separate website (www.qigonghealing.com) for this work.
Healing consultations available by phone or zoom. Lecture queries for virtual or in-person presentations are also welcome. For more information, please call 720-985-6445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indigenous Healing & Biomedicine in Dialogue: Opportunities & Challenges
What are the possibilities for respectful dialogue between biomedicine and First Peoples' healing traditions? Indigenous medicine does not require science to prove that it works any
more than science must demonstrate knowledge of healing powers. We will examine health and disease from these two perspectives. Ken will also identify points of connection among indigenous medicine, biomedicine, and mind-body healing (Complementary & Integrative Medicine).
Describe why the term "shaman" is an inappropriate label for a Native American/First Nations healing practitioner.
Explain the types of evidence and criteria of efficacy in indigenous science compared to conventional western science.
Identify variables that make it difficult to measure or quantify the effects of Native American healing.
Describe ways in which Native American medical ethics differs from Western medical ethics.
[Previously offered at the International Energy Psychology Conference. Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico]
Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
Kenneth Cohen will share cross-cultural perspectives on the principles, ethical values, and practice of Native American/First Peoples medicine. He will explore Native American medicine not as a thing of the past but as a living and still evolving tradition. Information will be presented from traditional and modern
perspectives. Interspersed with songs and stories, Ken will share his understanding of health, disease, and common healing methods, such as counseling and herbs. He will discuss barriers to understanding created by stereotypes and misconceptions promoted by the media, Hollywood, and New Age “shamanism.” You will also learn about innovative programs that encourage respectful dialogue between western and indigenous science. [Previously offered as keynote for the San Diego county opening of the US National Library of Medicine exhibit: Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health & Illness; keynote for All Nations Hope Aboriginal Health Conference, and for many Native communities and medical schools.]
Indigenous Protocols: Respect & Reciprocity
In the context of First Peoples culture, protocols mean much more than good manners and correct etiquette. It refers to many widespread and some culture/Nation specific ways of interacting with men, women, children, elders and with medicine (such as tobacco), as well as behavior during cultural and spiritual activities such as pow-wows, story-telling, and ceremonies. Protocols are also important in everyday activities such as food preparation and sharing, giving and receiving gifts, styles of dress and regalia, and much more. These are learned over time, in family, in community. However, for harmony and understanding, it is also important that anyone interested in First Peoples cultures have basic protocol knowledge. Ken will share protocol teachings and tell stories of how these protocols shaped his meetings with esteemed elders and medicine people. [Previously offered as a benefit for indigenous COVID relief and for indigenous cultural organizations such as the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemaking.]
Ken has served as Elder-in-Residence, offering cultural teachings and traditional healing at the Iskotew and Kumik Elders Lodges and other First Nations centers. Tobacco accepted- no fee for these events. "The lodges are Aboriginal teaching and healing centres that regularly provide teachings, Elder consultations, story-telling to First Nations and bring cultural awareness to employees - especially the ones who provide health services to Aboriginal peoples. People of all faiths are welcome."