Courage is not afraid to weep, and she is not afraid to pray, even when she is not sure who she is praying to. ~ Black Hawk
Native American Conjure: Working with Black Hawk and Indian Spirit Guides in the context of Southern Conjure is an advanced, specialized course that teaches about the Native American influences on Hoodoo, Conjure, Spiritualism and New Orleans Voudou, with a special focus on service to Black Hawk.
Native American influences on Southern Conjure traditions are both obvious—as in the case of the Powerful Indian products, Indian Head pennies and service to Black Hawk—as well as subtle, as in the use of tobacco and other Native American herbs in old-style conjure works. However, very little has been written about Indian Spirit Guides and Indian influences from the perspective of Southern Conjure. Even less, if anything at all, has been written by a Native American, a Redbone or mixed blood whose predominant spiritual path lies within Southern indigenous roots. As the popularity of Indian conjure rises among modern day rootworkers, an increasing amount of information about Father Black Hawk, Indian Spirit Guides and Indian materia medica is proliferating that has little to do with historical or cultural accuracy. This phenomenon is our motivation for developing this course.
From the Native worldview, rootwork is a metaphysical construct referred to as medicine (not unlike the African American perspective of "medzin") and always incorporates an element of spirit and relationship with the medicine into the work. Historically, Native Americans and Africans had medicine people responsible for the treatment of physical and spiritual conditions of their people. While Native Americans are credited for introducing many of the native flora and fauna to African slaves, Africans, in turn, took that knowledge and applied it to their own brand of folk magic and root doctoring. As cultural exchange is seldom one-sided, Native Americans undoubtedly learned a few tricks from their African neighbors, as well.
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