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The Healing Powers of the Native American Medicine Wheel

  • Nicholas E. Brink

Abstract

Atop Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains is an elaborate configuration of stones. These stones lie in a pattern resembling a large 28-spoke wheel, 80 feet across. It is estimated that perhaps five million similar stone circles or medicine wheels, from 5 to 30 feet in diameter, existed across North America. Artifacts found at the Majorville wheel in Alberta, Canada, indicate the age of this medicine wheel is from 4000 to 5000 years old, built at the time of the construction of the Egyptian pyramids. Eddy (1977) described these, and other medicine wheels, many from 100 to 200 feet across. His evidence suggests that these wheels were used as calendars and instruments of astronomy. Anthropologists might attach a religious significance to such artifacts as the medicine wheel and the medicine bundle, believing these places and objects were used in the worship of the sun, stars, or moon.

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Mental Imagery Spiritual Experience Psychosomatic Symptom Marital Therapy Religious Significance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas E. Brink
    • 1
  1. 1.LewisburgUSA

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