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A Different MedicinePostcolonial Healing in the Native American Church$
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Joseph D. Calabrese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199927722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927722.001.0001

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Medicine and Spirit

Medicine and Spirit

The Dual Nature of Peyote

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A Different Medicine

Joseph D. Calabrese

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Native American understandings of Peyote. Peyote is central to the Native American Church as a psychopharmacological agent, as a potent symbol, and as a spiritual entity. In approaching the topic of the NAC member's understanding of Peyote, we enter a domain at the intersection of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology on the one hand, and anthropological studies of personhood on the other. This is because NAC members describe Peyote both as an herbal medicine and as an omniscient spiritual entity. Peyote is dried, ground, and consumed or applied as a poultice. It is also addressed and interacted with as a wise, benevolent, parental being that monitors the Peyotist's thoughts and behavior and helps keep them on the right path.

Keywords:   peyote, native american church, ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, personhood, medicine, spirit, psychopharmacological, omniscient, parental

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