How does a traditional “medicine man” help people?

bear heartIn 1988, reporter Mike Watkiss interviewed Muskogee Creek elder Marcellus “Bear Heart” Williams for the television show A Current Affair.

This first segment is Bear Heart’s answer to the questions: What is it that you do? How do you help people?

Traditionally trained as a healer of his tribe (what most people call a “medicine man),” Bear Heart speaks of some of the techniques he uses. 

Look for more of this interview in future posts.

For more traditional Native American teachings read his book, The Wind Is My Mother.


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  1. Lin

    I opened my email box this morning and without my glasses, I read, How does a beautiful “medicine man” help people? Without thinking, my thought was oh, it’s about Bear Heart. When I went to read it, I put my glasses on and saw it was How does a traditional “medicine man” help people? Never thought before how those two words are actually interchangeable in Bear Heart’s case. Thank you for keeping Bear Heart’s words of wisdom and life alive. What a wonderful life you had and will continue to have, having had this man in your life. God Bless you, Dear Heart.

    • Molly Larkin

      What a wonderful insight that the words “medicine man” and “help people” are interchangeable. Absolutely true! Thank you for your lovely comment. Mike Watkiss did an extraordinary interview with Bear Heart and is making it available for the world to see. More segments to come.

  2. Bill

    I look forward to more segments of the video. Thank you for sharing!

    • Molly Larkin

      You’re most welcome. Yes, it will be fun to share them.

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