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How many words are there in NU for practitioners of the healing arts? I recall an article (perhaps by Nora Thompson Dean) that mentioned several types of healers (sweat doctors, plant doctors, etc.) though I don’t recall if they all had separate names in SU. I know meteu and kikehuwet. Are there others that have been recorded?
meteu = 'medicine man' or 'shaman'
meteewilenno = 'medicine man' (specifically male)
kikehuwet = 'one who heals people'
giechkigehuweet = 'one who heals people occupationally'
nenbiget = 'one who practices magic' (originally, 'one who concocts potions')
nenbiges = 'one who practices magic occupationally' (same origin as nenbiget)
nanni mbisonall kichkinend = an herbalist (literally, 'one who is guided by the medicines')
amemansit = 'a soothsayer' or 'a diviner' (not exactly a healer but one who might be able to give a prognosis and prescribe a remedy)
doctol = 'a doctor' (borrowed word from English, but used for both a non-Indian doctor and an Indian meteu)
[Note: Men and women were both known by these terms, except for the first two. There may have been women metewak, but we have no specific recorded word for them in NU, as we do for men, so far as I know.]
Anischi! I got caught up in life and the holidays and kept forgetting to come back to read your reply.
Paul (and all):
I wrote: [Note: Men and women were both known by these terms, except for the first two. There may have been women metewak, but we have no specific recorded word for them in NU, as we do for men, so far as I know.]
I see, now, that I wrote elsewhere that there WERE female metewak: http://www.woodlandindians.org/forums/v … p?id=10945 . I'll have to figure out what my source for this was.