Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing

Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing

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African American traditional medicine is an American classic that emerged out of the necessity of its people to survive. It began with the healing knowledge brought with the African captives on the slave ships and later merged with Native American, European and other healing traditions to become a full-fledged body of medicinal practices that has lasted in various forms down to the present day.

Working the Roots: Over 400 Years Of Traditional African American Healing is the result of first-hand interviews, conversations, and apprenticeships conducted and experienced by author Michele E. Lee over several years of living and studying in the rural South and in the West Coast regions of the United States. She combines a novelist's keen ear for storytelling and dialogue and a healer's understanding of folk medicine arts into a book that makes for both pleasant, interesting reading, and serves as a permanent household healing guide.

Divided between sections on interviews of healers and their stories and a comprehensive collection of traditional African American medicines, remedies, and the many common ailments they were called upon to cure, Working The Roots is a valuable addition to African American history and American and African folk healing practices.

Table of Contents:

PART I: HEALING NARRATIVES
Chapter 1 - Reclaiming Our Natural Healing Tradition
Chapter 2 - Strong Medicine
Chapter 3 - Spirit Work
Chapter 4 - Coming Full Circle
PART II - THE AILMENTS AND MEDICINES
Chapter 5 - Preventive Health Care
Chapter 6 - The Ailments And Their Remedies
Chapter 7 - Animal Care
Chapter 8 - The Medicines
Chapter 9 - Working The Powers: Conjurin' And Hoodoo Remedies
Index of Images
Glossary of Cultural Terms
Glossary of Medicinal Properties
Bibliography