I am of Cherokee descent. My Grandmother taught me to wildcraft. We have a rich resource of Native American tradition and knowledge in Oklahoma. Native Americans have a rich heritage of plant and herb use. Cherokee wildcrafting changes from one band to another, as well as with one family to another. Along the way I have picked up uses from Oglala Sioux, Navajo and Chemehuevi friends. It is my belief that a return to our old ways provide for a healthier lifestyle. There is no doubt that a close relationship with Mother Earth heals the mind, body and spirit.
Below you will find some interesting links to Native Americans in Oklahoma. My friend once said and she understands the true meaning of being Tsalagi. She told me, every Tsalagi mother was Nvowti. No statement ever made was closer to the truth. Wado Ulv.
No page on Cherokee healing is complete without addressing this. There is no Tsalagi word for medicine man or shaman. Why is that you ask? Because they do not exist, very simple. Nothing gets my blood boiling more than to hear "I was taught by a Cherokee shaman or medicine man". Across the internet you will see page after page about Cherokee shamans or medicine men. They are all frauds. First off, if they practice Nvowti they do not advertise, they have no need to as they are known by their people. There are only healers and those who see. Then it is known by our people about the great study done on our culture in the early years. The payment for those stories induced some to come up with better stories. If any of you want to know the truth contact the Cherokee Nation. Do not rely on those selling modern day snake oil!