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A medicine man or medicine woman is a traditional healer and spiritual leader who serves a community of indigenous people.
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- A medicine man shouldn't be a saint. He should experience and feel all the ups and downs, the despair and joy, the magic and the reality, the courage and the fear, of his people. He should be able to sink as low as a bug, or soar as high as an eagle. Unless he can experience both, he is no good as a medicine man.
- John Fire Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions (1972), p. 70