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Wisdom of the Body

Aug 26, 2021

Listen to Kevin Martin discuss the Native American culture with Heather, and the various ways in which native tradition is being passed down to future generations. Reflect on the vast differences between a society that values individualism and that of a tribal and community-focused culture. Get a deeper understanding of the native perspective on the environment and medicine, and how one becomes a “Medicine Man”. Learn how Native Americans face cultural appropriation, identity challenges and poverty, all while possibly being the sacred torch bearers for the soul of America. Feel inspired to hold reverence, give back and educate yourself on those who lived on this land before we did. 

In this episode, Heather and Kevin discuss:

  • Learning about Native plant medicines from the elders in the tribe
  • Education on a reservation
  • Individualism v.s. tribal community
  • Ceremonies
  • Matriarchy
  • Peyote ceremonies in the Native American Church
  • The story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman
  • Cultural appropriation outside of Native communities
  • How many parts of many Native rituals are being borrowed by modern-day spiritual groups, especially those promoting the use of mushrooms (psilocybin) and Ayahuasca
  • Mental health
  • Cultural identity
  • Family identity
  • Personal identity
  • Environmental identity

Kevin Martin is the founder of StarLife Foundation, an organization to restore indigenous livelihoods through the intersection of tech and native culture. Kevin is a Sioux and Assiniboine Tribal Member from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. He is the Father of the known Navajo entertainers, the Martin Sisterz, and is a Traditional Counselor at Rock Point High School in Arizona. Kevin has a Masters in School Counseling and is CACREP (multicultural counseling) accredited. 

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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