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Third Thursday Food for Thought Presentation – ““Healing and Health in Hopi, Mayan and Andean (Yauyo) Cultures: Symbiosis with Western Medicine”

December 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s Third Thursday Food for Thought presentation on “Healing and Health in Hopi, Mayan and Andean (Yauyo) Cultures: Symbiosis with Western Medicine” by anthropologist Sharonah Fredrick, PhD. This free online Zoom presentation will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

Archaeological finds, colonial Spanish chronicles, and most importantly, the living memories of tribal elders in Central America, South America, and the American Southwest demonstrate not only extraordinary botanical medical knowledge, but understandings of surgery and osteopathy that contradict stereotypes of Native peoples as always and only practicing “spiritual” medicine. It is spiritual, mental, and deeply physical, and has been so for millennia. Through understanding the causal links between spiritual, physical, mental, and environmental factors, Native medicine systems, when allied with Western holistic and conventional medicine, have been able to produce superb results for health and well-being. How can we learn from these systems, how can we respect Native science without appropriating it, and what are the connections between the stories of the Cosmic Twins in Native cultures and their healing abilities for human mental health? The Hopi, Mayan, and Andean Yauyo cultures are all characterized by village autonomy and diversity of thought and theory regarding their own beliefs, a trait that has previously only been associated with so-called Western societies. The importance of the Twin metaphor and its connections with healing focus on the need to find continual balance between shifting polar opposites that are life itself. In this view, health is based on balance, not elimination of the bad.

To register for the Zoom webinar go to https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y2LAfUJbRxCmfvZqWegrmg. For more information contact Old Pueblo at info@oldpueblo.org or 520-798-1201.

Flyer: 20231221(v2)ThirdThursday_SharonahFredrick_Healing&HealthInHopiMayan&AndeanCultures

The two-L llama, as a wise person sees,
Is important for medicine in the Andes;
And would you believe and not have foreseen,
These beasties help booster our COVID vaccines!
Photo courtesy of Sharonah Fredrick



December 21, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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