You want to know who’s a real medicine man? He’s the one who doesn’t say, “I’m a medicine man.” He doesn’t ask you to come to him. You’ve got to go and ask him and you’ll find he’s always there among his people.
He doesn’t go off to the city and open an office. Once a medicine man leaves his own territory he loses most of his power. All the sacred plants he knows are where he comes from. He doesn’t know the plants of other places. The Creator gave him his gift so he could serve his own people where he’s from. So he stays home and helps them. That’s who the real medicine man is.
-Louis Farmer, Onondaga
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Onondaga is a word familiar to me from home
Where are you from, Kathleen?
That’s a very tiny box to be placed in 😢
Oh I so disagree, Vernona! Can you imagine living in a comfortable community where your work is needed and appreciated? I loved puttering around our little farm in Kiowa and people coming to the door to get medicines as needed.