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Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert

My Life among the Navajo People
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
 | 
November, 2021
ISBN:
9781591434191
Quantity: 
-1
$18.99 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

An intimate look at the mystical world of the Navajo people


Details the authors time living with the Navajo people as a teacher, sheepherder, and doctor and her profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits

Shows how she learned the Navajo language to bridge the cultural divide

Reveals the miracles she witnessed, including her own miracle when the elders prayed for healing of a tumor on her neck

Shares her fearsome encounters with a mountain lion and a shape-shifting skin walker and how she fulfilled a prophecy by returning as a doctor

In 1971, Erica Elliott arrived on the Navajo Reservation as a newly minted schoolteacher, knowing nothing about her students or their culture. After a discouraging first week, she almost leaves in despair, unable to communicate with the children or understand cultural cues. But once she starts learning the language, the people begin to trust her, welcoming her into their homes and their hearts. As she is drawn into the mystical world of Navajo life, she has a series of profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits of Canyon de Chelly that change her life forever.

In this compelling memoir, the author details her time living with the Navajo, the Din people, and her experiences with their enchanting land, healing ceremonies, and rich traditions. She shares how her love for her students transformed her life as well as the lives of the children. She reveals the miracles she witnessed during this time, including her own miracle when the elders prayed for healing of a tumor on her neck. She survives fearsome encounters with a mountain lion and a shape-shifting skin walker. She learns how to herd sheep, make fry bread, and weave traditional rugs, experiencing for herself the life of a traditional Navajo woman.

Fulfilling a Navajo grandmothers prophecy, the author returns years later to serve the Navajo people as a medical doctor in an underfunded clinic, delivering numerous babies and treating sick people day and night. She also reveals how, when a medicine man offers to thank her with a ceremony, more miracles unfold.

Sharing her life-changing deep dive into Navajo culture, Erica Elliotts inspiring story reveals the transformation possible from immersion in a spiritually rich culture as well as the power of reaching out to others with joy, respect, and an open heart.

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