Book Review-Dancing Healers
The Dancing Healers: A Doctor’s Journey of Healing with Native Americans
by Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D.
I first read this book over twenty years ago, and have enjoyed re-reading it. Dr. Hammerschlag began his medical career as a general practitioner at a hospital on an Native American Reservation in New Mexico. He then became a psychiatrist and worked out of Phoenix, Arizona, while also visiting Native Americans on their reservations.
He writes about his spiritual journey from completely believing in the miracle of Western medicine to understanding that healing occurs in many different ways. Along the way, his old issues were healed.
His experiences with the shamans, the disenfranchised, the healing practices and rituals of the Native Americans of the Southwest opened his mind to other possibilities and realities. This book allows the reader to take a step into a culture that is rich and unique.
Dr. Hammerschlag weaves stories of his experiences with the Indians in with his insights, understanding, and personal history.
~ Linda-Ann Stewart