The son of a Turtle Clan Sachem Chief and respected Medicine Man, Ted Williams grew up on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation near Niagara Falls, New York, in the 1930s and l940s. Big Medicine from Six Nations is a series of reminiscences and essays by the late Ted Williams, on the themes of “Medicine” (physical/spiritual/psychic healing). Williams intertwines stories and lifeways of his Tuscarora upbringing, illustrating the dynamic encounter of tradition and innovation at the heart of contemporary Haudenosaunee culture. At the same time, Williams writes with an irreverence, irony, and good humour unmistakably his own. Coloured by Ted’s wry and irreverent wit, Big Medicine from Six Nations amply fulfills the promise of its title. It offers a fascinating view, not only of herbal medicine, but of Prayers, Omens, Feasts, Vision Quests, Sweat Lodges, Spirits, Humour, and the Sacred Teachings of the Great Law of the Great Peace.
Edited, and with an Afterword by Debra Roberts. 368 pages, 13 black and white illustrations.