#62 Kenneth Cohen on First Nations Medicine, Indigenous Values, and Animals as Teachers


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It is an honour to have Kenneth Cohen back on the podcast after our last engrossing conversation about Qigong and Taoism. As passionate as he is about those topics, Native American medicine is his way of life, and that is what we explore in this episode.

Ken is a traditional healer who has lived, practiced, and studied indigenous ways for most of his life. He has mentored under many noted medicine men and women and maintains close ties to his adoptive Cree family. With inspiration from all of them, Ken wrote the profound book Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing that was published by Random House in 2003.

Ken opens this discussion with a beautiful and heart-warming acknowledgement, and from there we cover many topics such as indigenous values, animals and nature as teachers, respect for culture, wisdom of elders, and interconnectedness to all beings and things. He also shares with us a deeply moving protocol that is part of erecting a teepee, with each pole representing a crucial life value.

His stories are captivating, his knowledge deep and diverse, and his energy grounding. Ken is like no other human being, and I am grateful to have been able to spend more time in his company, and to share his teachings with you.

Please enjoy this episode of Pacific Rim College Radio with Kenneth Cohen.

Episode Links:


Honoring the Medicineby Kenneth Cohen

Learning Links:

School of Western Herbal Medicine at PRC

Online Herbal Medicine courses at PRCOnline

Student Clinic at PRC

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