Course curriculum

All lessons may not be visible. Course opens March 1st, 2023.

    1. Welcome to Class!

    2. How to Access Course Content

    3. How to Use this Course

    4. Questions?

    5. Before we begin...

    1. Why this Course?

    2. Signs, Cures, and Witchery

    3. Meet the Ancestors

    4. List of Voudou Queens and Conjure Doctors of New Orleans Voudou

    1. French Louisiana Traiteurs

    2. Doris Bergeron

    1. Black Herman

    2. Elisha Broadeaux aka "Lige Broad Ax"

    3. Voodoo Doctor Terrorizes Kentucky

    4. A Kentucky Voodoo Priest

    5. Chicken Man

    6. Gullah Jack

    7. Dr. Jim Jordan

    8. Laura "Lala" Hopkins

    9. Doctor John Montenee

    10. Ed Murphy

    11. Sam Nightingale

    12. George Noble, Snake Charmer and Voudou Doctor

    13. A Horrid Experiment

    14. Raphael, Singer at Marie Laveau's Ceremonies

    15. Paul deArmas, Raphael's Brother

    16. Mary Washington, Hoodoo Queen

    17. Congo Ben

    18. Nat Turner

    19. James Baldwin on the Confessions of Nat Turner

    1. Who are the conjure women?

    2. Aunt Caroline Dye

    3. Harriet Tubman

    4. Patsy Moses

    1. Cove Witches and Curanderas

    2. Granny Gore

    3. Jule Oleander Graves

    4. Granny Marr

    5. Video: Mountain Witches of Appalachia

About this course

  • $150.00
  • 68 lessons
  • Lifetime access

Meet the Ancestors

Get to know those who gave us their folk traditions and magick. Learn their stories. Meet them up close and personal. Find your roots.

  • Biographical sketches of each ancestor

  • Learn what type of folk magic or healing tradition they were known for

  • Learn why their contribution is important to cultural preservation, folk magic, and healing traditions today

Countdown until March 1st, 2023!

Join the only course of its kind to honor the roots of our traditions. Hear their stories. Meet the ancestors up close and personal like you've never seen them before!

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Denise Alvarado


Denise Alvarado was born and raised in the unique culture of New Orleans, Louisiana and has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. Denise is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists, and the Association of Latina/o & Latinx Anthropologists. She is the author of Witch Queens, Voodoo Spirits and Hoodoo Saints, The Magic of Marie Laveau, The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite, Editor in Chief of Hoodoo & Conjure magazine, Journal of American Rootwork and Gumbo Ya Ya, and over twenty books that focus on folk magic traditions of the American South. Her provocative artwork has been featured on several television shows including National Geographic's Taboo, The Originals, and Blue Bloods. Denise is a rootworker and tradition-keeper, a spiritual artist, and a teacher of Southern indigenous folkways.

Discover the ancestors, starting today