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Chapter 3. Pack the Essentials > The People's Court - Pg. 23

Pack the Essentials 23 The People's Court I set before you, ladies and gentlemen, two pieces of writing. They walk alike, they talk alike, but they're not at all alike. Why not? Because one is much better than the other one. Decide which one you like better and why. Exhibit A: In conclusion, too official reference books on medicine oficialy recognized the medical value of allot of Native American drugs and plants. That's why everyone should use herbs today. Only really stupid people ignore herbs; I mean you gotta be a jerk to not take this stuff. Like the Indians theirselves, some white guys owed their life to a medicine mans neat stuff in many Native Amer- ican tribes, the medicine man acted like an ceremonial preist, in other tribes, however, the med- icine mans' job was to help any one of his people whom got real sick. As a doctor, the medicine man carried a bag of real cool things to help you. I read in this book that a prince were cured of some real bad stuff buy the Indians. Exhibit B: In many Native American tribes, the shaman, or medicine man, acted as a ceremonial priest. In other tribes, however, the medicine man's job was to treat any one of his people who became ill. In his role as a healer, the medicine man carried a bag of secret herbs and charms to rid the patient of his sickness. Among the tools of his trade were dried fingers, deer tails, drums, rattles, and tiny sacks of herbs. Different tribes used different herbs, depending on what was available in the area and through trading. The Dakotas, for example, relieved asthma with the powdered root of skunk cabbage; the Kiowas controlled dandruff with a shampoo made from the soaproot plant. The Cheyenne drank boiled mint to settle upset stomachs, and the Cree chewed the tiny cones of spruce trees to soothe a sore throat. Like the Native Americans themselves, some