Chumash Healing - Budare Mandana Am Ind 187 Chumash Indians...

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Budare, Mandana Am. Ind. 187 January 30, 2008 Chumash Indians Healing Techniques The Chumash Indians lived along the California coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo and about 50 miles inland. The called themselves “The First People”. Currently there is a reservation in Santa Ynez and the majority of them reside throughout southern California. They spoke the Chumash language, a Hokan language. Every member of the community took an active role in healing the ill, as they felt it was a responsibility to them and their village (5). The healer is aided by the people of the village, making the ill person feel very comforted. Traditional Chumash healing is based around God and prayer. The healer is one with a great ability to communicate with God. All the medicine used by the Chumash is plant based. The medicine must be used with prayer otherwise their effectiveness in healing becomes much less. 1. CAUSES OF ILLNESS Supernatural Not enough prayer (2). The spirit forgets to be well (2). Biological Not working hard in the community to stay physically fit (5). Addictions (5).
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Obesity (5). Depression (2). Stress (5). High blood pressure from eating the wrong foods (5). Injury Spraining caused by too much heavy lifting (15). Injuries from working in general (15). Witchcraft Chumash believe that spirits of the underworld, called nunasis, come out at night and create problems and illness for people (11). Imbalance Imbalance between the Sun and Sky Coyote. Every year the two play a gambling game called peon to decide if the year will be wet or dry. If the Sun wins, the season will be hot and dry and food and medicine will be scarce. If the Sky Coyote wins, the season will be cool and wet, and food and medicine will be plentiful. The Sky Coyote is seen in the sky as the North Star. If balanced is achieved through prayer, health can be maintained (16).
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If the spirit forgets to be well, then that causes an imbalance between mind, body, and spirit, which creates bad health (2). 2. WELLNESS Definition When the spirit is functioning properly, not overstressed in any way, and is in accordance with mind and body giving a person the proper needs to function as an active member in the village (2, 5). Prevention Everyone is required to work to stay physically fit and have an important role that is important to the community (5). Eating California bay leaves to enhance immunity to colds and flu’s (6). During a women’s menstruation, she is restricted to a hut and is not allowed to eat meat, grease or have cold water for three days. This promotes health for her and her whole family (5).
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