Once Oneida healer Russell FourEagles (Atuneyute Keya) went to see his friend Bob, whom doctors had declared incurably paralyzed following a stroke. Within minutes of FourEagles' attention, Bob was kicking the covers off the bed. "You should write a book!" Bob later encouraged. And here it is. FourEagles' grandparents escaped the reservation-school education that obliterated Native American culture, preserving the healing abilities that can be traced in an unbroken lineage back two hundred grandmothers. In The Making of a Healer, he openly shares his knowledge in an effort to keep the old wisdom and practices from being forgotten. Recounting sacred Oneida myths and cosmology, he describes the healing powers of the Fire Ceremony, energy exchange, and humor; discusses natural remedies; and explains how he healed himself from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the Vietnam War.
The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother author Russell FourEagles was recenrly interviewed in depth on 21st Century Radio.
The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother by Russell FourEagles has been featured on DailyOM as a "From the Library" pick.
"The Making of a Healer is a powerful and important book! Russell FourEagles beautifully honors his grandmother's timeless wisdom and shares a wealth of ceremonies to assist in our personal healing. His personal stories are inspiring and touched me deeply. This book is brilliant."
—Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
“A heartfelt man, a clear and loving elder, an ancient healing tradition, the goodness of Mother Earth, and powerful faith in Creator’s love and power - these create a wonderful teaching story which will serve you well no matter what lineage you express in your healing of self, others and the world. Highly recommended!”
—Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing and The Last Ghost Dance
"I am grateful that Russell FourEagles has come forth to share the healing ways of his ancestors, ways that go back an astounding 200 generations and which still have relevance today. He reveals the life and evolution of a healer in an honest, thought-provoking manner, from his childhood tutelage with his grandmother; to the jungles of Vietnam; to dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder; and finally, to establishing a full-time healing practice. This book can be an important bridge between past and future, helping to ensure that the Oneida path will live on...for the benefit of us all."
—Doug Alderson, author of The Vision Keepers: Walking for Native Americans and the Earth and other works