Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing

Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing by Michele Elizabeth Lee 0692857877 9780692857878
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African American traditional medicine is an American classic that emerged out of the necessity of its people to survive. It began with the healing knowledge brought with the African captives on the slave ships and later merged with Native American, European and other healing traditions to become a full-fledged body of medicinal practices that has lasted in various forms down to the present day.

Working the Roots: Over 400 Years Of Traditional African American Healing is the result of first-hand interviews, conversations, and apprenticeships conducted and experienced by author Michele E. Lee over several years of living and studying in the rural South and in the West Coast regions of the United States. She combines a novelists keen ear for storytelling and dialogue and a healers understanding of folk medicine arts into a book that makes for both pleasant, interesting reading, and serves as a permanent household healing guide.

Divided between sections on interviews of healers and their stories and a comprehensive collection of traditional African American medicines, remedies, and the many common ailments they were called upon to cure, Working The Roots is a valuable addition to African American history and American and African folk healing practices.

Author: Michele Elizabeth Lee

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 396

Publisher: Wadastick

Publication Date: 2017-12-15


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