Medicine Grizzly Bear
A Traditional Native Healer and Indian Doctor
Medicine Grizzly Bear,also known as Bobby Lake-Thom is a traditional Native Healer from northwestern California. He is half Karuk, part Seneca, Cherokee, and (part Anglo) and is documented and recognized on the BIA records. He was taught and trained by numerous Native medicine men/women, Native ceremonial leaders, and Tribal Religious leaders.
Some of his
teachers included Beeman Logan, Rolling Thunder, Mad Bear Anderson, Martin Highbear,
Charlie Red Hawk Thom, Calvin Rube, Bonita Masten, Yurok Holyman Dewey George,
Florence Jones (and numerous other medicine men/women from different tribes).
His apprenticeship spanned two decades and then he was culturally and spiritually
tested, evaluated, recognized, and confirmed as an Indian doctor or Native Healer on Doctor Rock,
Chimney Rock, Trinadad Head, California; Seneca Mountain/Thunder Rock, in New
York, and finally, on Mt. Shasta, California. (For a better understanding of
the significance, role, function, and status of “Bear Doctors” or
“Bear Medicine Men” refer to the Shaman's Drum article (Winter,
1993) “Digging for Medicine: Bears in Native American Healing Traditions”
by David Rockwell. If you want a better understanding about "Indian Doctors
and Shamans", Refer to the works of Alfred Kroeber (1928, 1942, 1976),
Williard Park (1946), Joan Halifax (1978) and the research of other anthropologists.)
Bobby has conducted hundreds of ceremonies and lectures. He has been successfully doctoring Native people and non-Indian people for over twenty years. According to Indian custom and law he does not charge a fee for his doctoring and ceremonies, but according to the “law of reciprocity” donations are usually offered in lieu of a fee for his healing work, spiritual counseling, and ceremonies..
He is the
author of Native Healer (Quest Books, 1992) Spirits of the Earth (Plume/Penguin,
1998) and Call of the Great Spirit (Bear & Company, 2001). His numerous
literary works have appeared in The Indian Historian, White Cloud Mental Health,
The Shaman's Drum, Teacher's Magazine, Educator’s Digest, The Quest/Theosophical
Society Magazine, Akwasasne Notes and Akewekon Literary Journal, Herbs Magazine;
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, and numerous other
scholarly journals and magazines.
He was a professor of Native American Studies for over 20 years teaching at Humboldt State University, Gonzaga University, and Eastern Montana College. He has served as a consultant for Indian reservation programs, tribes, organizations, and federal/state agencies for over twenty five years in the areas of Indian health, education, social services, natural resources, religion, BIA 638 Programs and contracts, and realated grant writing and development.
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