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After the first full moon in April: a sourcebook of herbal by Josephine Grant Peters

By Josephine Grant Peters

During this awesome e-book Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her massive, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The ebook starts with Josephine's personal and tribal heritage and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and bargains an illustrated catalog of the makes use of and doses of over one hundred sixty vegetation. At a time of the commercialization of conventional ecological wisdom, Peters offers her wealthy culture on her personal phrases, and in response to her non secular convictions approximately how her wisdom can be shared. This quantity is key for an individual operating in ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, environmental anthropology, local American reports, and Western and California tradition and background.

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After the first full moon in April: a sourcebook of herbal medicine from a California Indian elder

During this outstanding booklet Josephine Peters, a respected northern California Indian elder and local healer, stocks her significant, lifelong cultural and plant knowledge. The publication starts off with Josephine's personal and tribal heritage and gathering ethics. Josephine then instructs the reader in medicinal and plant food preparations and deals an illustrated catalog of the makes use of and doses of over a hundred and sixty vegetation.

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The Spanish and whites called him Mawima. ) name. When he died he gave his doctorship to Colonel, his son (Susan’s uncle), and when Colonel died he gave the knowledge of herbs to Queen, Susan’s mother. Whites used to call her Queen, for she was a pretty-looking woman. Whites when they got sick used to go to Mawima to be treated. (Grant III 2000: 12) Queen’s daughter, Josephine’s paternal-grandmother Ellen Brazille, continued her mother’s legacy, and prepared many herbal remedies for her grandchildren.

I don’t think it can get much better than that. There are three women in my life that I really respect with all my heart. They are my Mom, my Grandma Beck and my Great-Grandma Jo. (Personal communication with Cheryl Beck, March 2004) 48 CH AP TER one Becoming an Herbalist Anybody’s welcome if they want to learn. ] [One] Indian doctor doesn’t want me to do this. 5 Her paternal great-grandmother Queen Brazille was an Indian doctor. In 1928, Susan Brazille, Josephine’s paternal great-aunt, explained the genesis of Queen’s herbal knowledge to linguist J.

Personal communication with Beverly Oritz, 2003) Josephine made some of the regalia worn by the performers of the Risling Indian Village Troupe, including the girls’ two-parted skirts, war bonnets, Eagle Dance outfits, and the ankle bracelets with bells worn during the hoop dance. She based the out-of-area regalia on dances seen during her travels; she based the war bonnets on photographs in books. During World War II, the ceremonial dances at Hoopa had been discontinued. As they gradually began anew, Josephine made some of the girls’ skirts for them.

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