The Hollow Tree: Fighting Addiction With Traditional Native Healing

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-08-30
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

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Before discovering native healing methods, Herb Nabigon could not imagine a life without alcohol. His powerful autobiography, The Hollow Tree, tells the story of his struggle to overcome addiction with the help of the spiritual teachings and brotherly love of his elders. Nabigon had spent much of his life wrestling with self-destructive impulses, feelings of inferiority and resentment, and alcohol abuse when Eddie Bellerose, an Elder, introduced him to the ancient Cree teachings. With the help of healing methods drawn from the Four Sacred Directions, the refuge and revitalization offered by the sweat lodge, and native cultural practices such as the use of the pipe Nabigon was able to find sobriety.

Author Biography

Herb Nabigon is associate professor, Native human services, Laurentian University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Georges Sioui ix
Foreword by Zorica Benkovic xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
The Early Years 3(16)
The Middle Years 19(8)
The Long Road Home 27(11)
A Meeting with the Sweetgrass 38(5)
The Natural Cycle of Life 43(15)
The Four Sacred Directions 58(17)
The Struggle for Spiritual Strength 75(8)
The Sweatlodge 83(10)
The Struggle for Understanding 93(8)
The Spiritual Path 101(14)
Glossary 115

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