Day 205: Native Plant Herbalism

One of the things I try and do with my educational programs and workshops (and this blog in general, I suppose) is to encourage folks to look to their own surroundings as a source of plant-based healing. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with the old tried and true herbs like rosemary, thyme, peppermint, etc. there’s... Continue Reading →

Day 138: Pawpaw French

There's a dialect of American French that few people know about. Of course most have heard of Cajun French, and to a lesser extent Louisiana Creole, but what I'm talking about today has came to be known as "Pawpaw French" or "Missouri Creole French." French occupation and settlement in the New World was not limited... Continue Reading →

Day 128: Creole Knot Healing

Treating illnesses using string and knots is a common remedy in several folk traditions. I’ve mentioned the process in another post, “Day 2: String”, but I’d like to give a few interesting examples from the Creole and Cajun healing tradition. Most of the examples below involve both knotting, which can be seen as a symbolic... Continue Reading →

Day 126: Romanichals in the Ozarks

Romani people in the US have been subjected to underrepresentation and antiziganism for centuries. This post will be a short look at Romani populations in the Ozarks and how exactly they got here. Through the ancestor research I've been doing over the past couple of years I've managed to get many answers about my own... Continue Reading →

Day 118: Louisiana Creole Illnesses

Back on the subject of Louisiana Creole medical treatments, here's a list of typical Creole illnesses listed with their English equivalent. Bobo: sore Bronchite: Bronchitis Brulir, brilire: Burn Brul-soley: Sunburn   Dart, dartre: Ringworm, dry skin patch Deglann, glandes: Glands Demanjezon, demanjezan, démangeaison: Itch, rash Deranjman, dronjmon, dérangement: Diarrhea Dipthérie: Diphtheria Disan ho, di sang... Continue Reading →

Day 111: Louisiana Creole Plant Names

I’m currently working on translating a giant document of Louisiana Creole folk remedies, and so I thought I would share some common plants that I’ve come across so far. There will be more to come, I’m sure, as I’m only half way through the document. Bachoukta: Sumac, Rhus glabra. ex. Pou jonsiv gonfle fe bouyi... Continue Reading →

Day 89: Irish Origin of Medicine

Stories about the origin of medicine or healing are common in a lot of folk traditions. We’ve already seen once such story from the Cherokee peoples. Today we’re going to look at a medicine story from the Irish. This story, although recorded by Christian monks, likely has a much older origin, and may well have... Continue Reading →

Day 79: Lady Augusta Gregory: Seers and Healers

One of my favorite books to bring out on a rainy day is Lady Augusta Gregory’s “Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland” which details accounts of her travels searching for Irish folkways. My favorite chapter is on “Seers and Healers” and takes a look at the traditional Irish wise women and cunning folk. People like... Continue Reading →

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