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Huichol shaman to speak at Case, February 13

Learn about healing through personal transformation during the talk, "Crystal Heart: Renew and Healing Through Huichol Indian Shamanism," by internationally renown shaman and teacher Brant Secunda. The lecture takes place on Monday, February 13, from 7-9 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium on the Case Quad at Case Western Reserve University. The next day, February 14, Secunda will lead an all-day workshop on Huichol Shamanism.

The event is organized by Cynthia Taylor from the Case School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, who has brought Secunda to Cleveland to share his story of how he came to be trained in shamanism.

Taylor has observed important contributions by shamans while a doctor with the Tshiluba tribe in the jungles of Africa and two years as an Indian Health Service doctor for the Navajos in Arizona. Taylor, whose work is in the field of psychiatry, has studied with Secunda over the past 15 years.

Secunda has been appointed to be the successor to one of the most powerful Huichol shaman from the mountains of Mexico.

Shamans or healers are found in cultures around the world. The Huichols of Mexico are one of the last indigenous North Americans tribes to maintain their pre-Colombian traditions.

Secunda in "Journey to the Heart," stated, "Central to this healing tradition is the belief that we must heal and honor our mother earth, who is viewed as a living conscious organism."

He also stated in the article, "Healing is something to be practiced constantly, not just when we are ill. Moreover, the shamanic tradition of health does not limit itself to healing of the physical body, but rather involved maintenance of the harmony and balance of the universe."

"Brant brings the incredible opportunity to experience and learn from these indigenous Indians of Mexico by bringing the ceremonies, experiences and teaching to us in our community," said Taylor.

She added, "It is my hope that this lecture and workshop will be the beginning of developing more scientific awareness and understanding of the richness the shamanistic traditions bring and ultimately to be able to study and document these effects."

Following the lecture, during the next day's workshop, Secunda will go into detail about the exercises, meditation and the Deer Dance ceremony, part of the ancient Huichol tradition. Workshop participants will also learn about visionary Huichol paintings and artwork, as well as drumming and songs.

"Participants will experience the power healing and calming effects of this ancient wisdom. And above all, will be able to harvest the light of winter," said Taylor.

Admission to the lecture is $20 at the door. Registration of $95 is required for the workshop on February 14 by visiting or calling 216-751-1511 or 831-475-9560.


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