American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions by Jeffrey A. Kottler

By Jeffrey A. Kottler

Written for therapists, students, clergy, scholars, and people with an curiosity in non-traditional therapeutic practices, this publication tells the tale of Bradford Keeney, the 1st non-African to be inducted as a shaman within the Kung Bushman and Zulu cultures

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I am Twele,” the man answered and then stopped when he heard the other White man, Peter, gasp. “It is an honor to know you, Twele,” Keeney answered, not skipping a beat. ” As it turned out, this was actually a turning point for Peter, the empiricist and scientist, who, for the rest of the journey, let go of some of his assumptions and just watched the show unfold. pgsI 1/22/04 11:40 AM Page 25 Dancing under the Stars Twele, Keeney’s Bushman friend from Khutswe, Botswana. still remained on the outside, an observer like Nelson, but he was totally enraptured by this adventure, which was so different from anything he had known in his own country.

You were the first people of the world, the first to learn how to heal, how to love, and how to live together. We must be led by your old ways of knowing and being. The wings of our hearts make us one. All my deepest respect and love, Brad Keeney visited the desert of the Bushmen many years later. When he arrived, the whole village turned out to dance and celebrate the return of the Big Doctor. The first of those to greet him were Twele and Mantag’s wife, Gabanthate. They embraced and rejoiced in seeing one another again after so many years.

He stopped for a moment, unsure of how much to reveal. “Ever since I was 20, I’ve occasionally experienced something like this when my body starts shaking. It used to freak my wife, Mev, out because the bed starts vibrating. ” Peter laughed in appreciation, trying to picture this. Here was this internationally known theorist and intellectual, one of the most highly regarded family therapists in the world, the guy whom the university had brought all the way over from America, and he’s actually a secret witchdoctor.

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