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Book List

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 Curanderismo: Mexico, Central and South America

  • The Curanderx Toolkit: Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing by Atava Garcia Swiecicki

  • Curandero Hispanic Ethno-Psychotherapy & Curanderismo: Treating Hispanic Mental Health in the 21st Century by Antonio Noé Zavaleta, 2020

  • A Magic Feather, The Science and Theory of Chicano Traditional Healing Practices of Aztlán by Atekpatzin Young, 2020

  • Cultura Y Bienestar: MesoAmerican Based Healing and Mental Health Practice Based Evidence by Ricardo Carrillo, Isaac Cardenas, et al., 2019

  • Latina/o Healing Practices: Mestizo and Indigenous Perspectives 1st Edition by Brian McNeill and Jose M. Cervantes

  • Chicana and Chicano Mental Health: Alma, Mente y Corazón (The Mexican American Experience) by Yvette G. Flores, 2013

  • Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Spiritual Expressions and Healing Practices, by Lara Medina  and Martha R. Gonzales, Editors (Grace A. Sesma, contributor), October 2019

  • Fire Heart: The Life and Teachings of Maya Medicine Woman Miss Beatrice Torres Waight by Miss Beatrice Torres Waight, 2012

  • Red Medicine, Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing, Patrisia Gonzales

  • Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother : Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas by Roberto Cintli Rodriguez

  • Curanderismo: Mexican American Folk Healing, Robert Trotter & Juan Antonio Chavira

  • Healing with Herbs and Rituals: A Mexican Tradition, Eliseo Torres

  • Folk Healer: The Mexican-American Tradition of Curanderismo, Eliseo Torres

  • Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health, Elena Avila, RN

  • Wind in the Blood: Mayan Healing & Chinese Medicine. Hernan Garcia, Antonio Sierra, Gilberto Balam, Jeff Conant, et al.

  • Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo by Brett Hendrickson

  • Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom: Practices and Readings drawn from the World's Spiritual Traditions - Chapter on Mesoamerican Sun Meditation by Grace Alvarez Sesma

  • Sastun: One Woman's Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer, Rosita Arvigo

  • Spiritual Bathing: Healing Rituals and Traditions from Around the World, Rosita Arvigo

  • The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine, Barbara Tedlock

  • An Aztec Herbal: The Classic Codex of 1552 (Botanical information compiled by Aztec physician Martin de la Cruz in that time period. Also known as the Codex De La Cruz - Badiano), William Gates.

  • Curandero Conversations: El Niño Fidencio, Shamanism and Healing Traditions of the Borderlands, Antonio Zavaleta and Alberto Salinas Jr

  • Curanderos: They Heal the Sick with Prayers and Herbs, Trevino-Hernandez, Alberto.

  • Curanderas, Medicine Women & Doctors, Bobette Perrone, H. Henrietta Stockel, Victoria Krueger.

Native American/First Nations: United States & Canada

  • Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants by Lowell John Bean and Katherine Siva Saubel

  • Native Healer, Bobby Lake Thom

  • Hawk Woman Dancing with The Moon: Sacred Medicine for Today's Woman by Tela Starhawk Lake (Moon-time ceremonies)

  • Walking in The Sacred Manner: Healers, Dreamers, And Pipe Carriers - Medicine Women of The Plains, Mark St. Pierre

  • The Native American Sweatlodge, Joseph Bruchac

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