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A Different Medicine: Postcolonial Healing in the Native American Church

Joseph D. Calabrese


In A Different Medicine, Joseph Calabrese presents a case study that challenges many deeply ingrained cultural assumptions and attempts to mediate a centuries-old clash of cultural paradigms. The book explores a controversial Native American ritual and healthcare practice: ceremonial consumption of the psychedelic Peyote cactus in the context of a postcolonial healing movement called the Native American Church. Calabrese describes the Peyote Ceremony as it is used in Native American family contexts and in federally funded clinical programs for Native American patients. He also describes the li ... More

Keywords: native american church, peyote, ritual, postcolonial healing, navajo, clinical ethnography, mental health, war on drugs, medicine, peyote ceremony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199927722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph D. Calabrese, author
University College London