Black Hawk Master Class
Black Hawk Master Class is a specialized course that teaches about Black Hawk's influences on Hoodoo, Conjure, Spiritualism, and New Orleans Voudou, with a special focus on his bucket, medicine, and mindful servitude.
Since Mother Leafy Anderson brought him to New Orleans with her Spiritualist Church in the early twentieth century, Black Hawk has played a central and symbolic role in the fight against oppression and discrimination among devotees. He is venerated as an ancestral spirit among the Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans Voudouists, as well as rootworkers and conjure doctors. Native Americans consider him a hero, African Americans view him as defender and liberator, and European Americans admire him as the noble savage who despite defeat, fought the good fight. While most of what is written about Black Hawk has either been from a historical perspective or from the perspective of the Spiritualist Church, Black Hawk cannot be confined to a single context. It has become more than evident that he has been adopted by people from many different spiritual traditions as a powerful Indian Spirit to whom devotees believe they can turn to for help and guidance when needed.
What makes the Black Hawk conjure tradition so unique in Louisiana is its blend of Native American and African American influences. The Indian influences in African American folk magic and medicine is the direct result of the close bonds forged between the populations in the throes of slavery. There are many historical and cultural parallels between African Americans and Native Americans. The most obvious parallel is that both groups experienced forced removal from their homelands and enslavement. When enslaved Africans were ripped from their Motherland Africa, they joined enslaved Indians upon their arrival in Louisiana, who had already suffered 300 years of colonization and genocide. Many times, Africans and Indians wound up with the same slave masters. It comes as no surprise that Africans and Native Americans banded together to escape, steal food, supplies, and weapons, and to exchange information related to healing and indigenous medicine. Both populations had medicine people responsible for the treatment of physical and spiritual conditions of their people. African slaves transferred their medical skills to home remedies based on their newfound knowledge of North American plants, roots, and herbs. As cultural exchange is seldom one-sided, Native Americans undoubtedly learned a few tricks from their African neighbors, as well.
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Welcome to Class!
Why This Course?
How to Access Course Content
How to use this course
Before we begin...
How I Came to Know Black Hawk
About Father Black Hawk
Black Hawk: The Watchman on the Wall
Black Hawk Fact Chart
We can all be as brothers...
Who are the Meskwaki Indians?
From Savage to Darling of the Press
Fanny Kembel Meets the Savages
In his own words, Black Hawk describes his “Prisoner of War Tour”
How Did Black Hawk Get to New Orleans?
The Cult of Black Hawk
Video: Archival Footage New Orleans Spiritual Church: A Move of the Spirit
Leafy Anderson: Seed Carrier of Black Hawk's Memory
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How Did Black Hawk View the World? A Look at Sauk Cosmology and Medicine
The Origin of Corn by Black Hawk
Medicine and Mystery
The Hair of the Dog Will Cure the Bite
Black Hawk's Narrative of the Yearly Cycle of the Sac and Fox Tribes
Create a Medicine Journal
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Indigenous Materia Sacra
Sac and Fox Medicine
Special Classifications of Indian Medicine
Medicine Man John McIntosh (Kepeosatok)
Plants and Roots
Bear Root (Ligusticum porteri)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi)
Black Snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
Blue Cohosh (Caulophylum thalictroides)
Blue Cohosh Info Sheet
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.)
Ginseng (Aralia quinquefolia)
Lightning Struck Wood
Tobacco is a Gift
Other than Plants
Fish and Crustaceans
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Covering the Blood
Black Hawk Water Quote
On the Issue of Alcohol
The Bucket as Ritual Object
Indian Altars of the Spiritual Church
Black Hawk's Bucket
Items in Black Hawk's Bucket
Understanding the Use of Dirts & Minerals in Conjure Work
Assignment: Gather Seven Dirts for Black Hawk's Bucket
Making Black Hawk's Bucket
Presentation: Making Black Hawk's Bucket
Calling Down Black Hawk
Prayers to Black Hawk
Prayer to Stop an Enemy
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Medicine and Magick
Railroad Spike Talisman
How to Make Railroad Spike Talisman
The Medicine Bag
What Goes in a Medicine Bag?
How to Make a Medicine Bag
Medicine Bag Inspiration Gallery
Assignment: Make a Medicine Bag
Big Bear Medicine
Indian Prayer Cloth for Blessings
Chopping off Sweet Tongues
Sprinkles To Win a Court Case (Liquid and Powder)
Enemy Be Gone
Good Luck and Abundance Works
Mica Love Mojo
Wikipinukun (Tied up in it)
Working with Indian Head Pennies
For Business Success, Gambling Luck, Law Keep Away, and Protection
Working with Buffalo Nickels
Thunderbolt Hands and Tobies
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