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I won’t try to reproduce everything Peter said here in this limited space. Instead, I would recommend, if you’re interested in the details of the Lakota way of healing, that you pick up Peter’s book and peruse it carefully. But I will tell you one fundamental difference between the two traditions, from my limited understanding: in the West, we try to heal the body of the individual person and their specific disease. The Lakota medicine man does exactly the opposite: he tries to heal the spirit of the group. Western medicine focuses on a single body; and the Oglala Lakota tradition focuses on the community.

I won’t try to reproduce everything Peter said here in this limited space. Instead, I would recommend, if you’re interested in the details of the Lakota way of healing, that you pick up Peter’s book and peruse it carefully. But I will tell you one fundamental difference between the two traditions, from my limited understanding: in the West, we try to heal the body of the individual person and their specific disease. The Lakota medicine man does exactly the opposite: he tries to heal the spirit of the group. Western medicine focuses on a single body; and the Oglala Lakota tradition focuses on the community.

For the 2nd year Peter Catches of Oceti Wakan in Pine Ridge was asked to serve on a panel at the National Institutes of Health with the Surgeon General as Chair. The focus was on Community-Based Participatory Research with focus on women and to help create better health equity. Other participants included Dr. Donald Warne, MD, who is a Lakota from Kyle and Professor in Women’s Health at NDSU, Hani Atrash, MD, National Director of Healthy Start, and other doctors and professors of health, philanthropy, and social innovations

ABOUT Oceti Wakan

Oceti Wakan is a non profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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Oceti Wakan, P O Box 1958  
Pine Ridge, SD 57770  (Email : oceti@gwtc.net)

 

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