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Medicine men help care for veterans

By Michelle Roberts

When Albert Laughter unpacks his medical supplies, preparing to treat the military veterans who are his patients, he finds no stethoscope or thermometer. His examination room doesn’t have walls to speak of. It is made of canvas and wooden poles, a teepee with a small fire ring inside. His supplies – pheasant and eagle feathers, cornmeal, sage and other herbs – come wrapped in small leather pouches.

Laughter, a Navajo medicine man, cares for warriors as five generations of his forebears have: with traditional herbs, songs and ceremonies. But unlike his ancestors, he does it as a healer under contract with the federal government.

Read the original article at: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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