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Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Broadcast on July 25, 2022
With Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Hosted by Lisa Bonnice

Indigenous ways of knowing are different from what is called medical intuition. A thousands-year-old methodology exists for gathering knowledge about and from the world in non-rational, non-reductionistic ways. Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona explains how Indigenous knowledge is accumulated, and how this is similar and different from intuitive medicine.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • An understanding of indigenous knowledge
  • The concept of two-eyed seeing or eptuaptmumk
  • How indigenous knowledge is validated
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Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of New England

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona is of Native American heritage. He studied medicine at Stanford University, and completed post-graduate training programs in family medicine and psychiatry at The University of Vermont. In his book, Coyote Medicine, he describes how he began to interact with elders while still in medical school, to better understand self-healing.

Lewis works for Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, which serves the Five Tribes of Maine, as their medical director.  He is also the director of the Coyote Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the wisdom of Indigenous cultures into contemporary health care. He is also a clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont.

He's written several other books, including Coyote Healing... Coyote Wisdom... Narrative Medicine... Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry... and his latest, co-authored with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation Through Story

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona