Healer Martín Prechtel To Visit U.Va.
March 18, 2004 --
calls storytelling “cultural medicine.” Martín
Prechtel, a Native-American spiritual healer, artist and teacher
will give a presentation about the healing qualities of stories,
in conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Toe Bone and the Tooth: Story as Cultural Medicine,” will
be held March 24 at 7 p.m. in Rouss Hall, room 202, at the University
grew up on a Pueblo reservation in New Mexico and eventually
settled in a village in Guatemala until it became
there because of civil war. He became a village leader and
was responsible for instructing the young people of Santiago
in the meanings of their ancient stories that were part of
adult rites of passage.
whose books include the autobiographical “Secrets
of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life,” “Honey
in the Heart,” and his latest, “The Toe Bone
and the Tooth: Story as Cultural Medicine,” has returned
to live in his native New Mexico, but travels extensively,
music, ritual and writing, he seeks to help people in many
lands get in touch with their past to renew their cultural
living in the present.
Prechtel’s visit is sponsored
by an ad hoc faculty committee dedicated to enhancing diversity
at U.Va. and led by Rachel Saury,
director of the Arts & Sciences Instructional Technology
Center, and John Alexander, ITC manager of classroom technology.
other offices and departments are co-sponsoring, including
the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Center for
of Alternative and Complementary Therapies, the Latin American
Student Organization and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Rachel Saury, (434) 924-6847