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medicine wheel

A physical location, deemed sacred by Native Americans, which is constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground.
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MEDICINE WHEEL

medicine wheel

A symbol used by Native Americans to represent wholeness and balance. The medicine wheel consists of a circle with four quadrants representing spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional planes of existence.
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This year will be the 24th incarnation of the Medicine Wheel Vigil, now the longest running Day Without Art event in Boston.
O'Grady, an archaeologist with the university's archaeology field school, has been using aerial photography to document the medicine wheels, which are large circular stone formations, sometimes with spokes radiating from the center.
For example, the author provides what is currently known about medicine wheels.
A recent trip to Arkansas revealed a treasure trove of discoveries--Three Sisters Stew, blue comfrey, Red Hat Clubs, and, most fascinating to me, the medicine wheel garden.
I have divided these concepts into four circles noting that all four circles intersect, The first circle speaks to the spiritual and cultural understanding of American Indian wellness and health based on Ottawa, Eastern Cherokee, and Ojibwa medicine wheels and supported by Antonovsky's (1979) salutogenic theory; the second circle frames alcoholism within the context of the colonization experience for Native Americans, integrating the spiritual work of Napoleon (1991) and theoretical framework of Antonovsky.
Ceramic Indian masks, dream catchers, animal skulls and medicine wheels adorn their walls.
8-million-acre forest each summer and moving rocks around to form giant medicine wheels.
This is particularly important to people who, like the aforementioned Crow Indians, live in a northern climate: It tells them when to get out their furs and woolies, and it seems to have been the purpose of the medicine wheels they made.
I teach archaeology field schools in that area, so I'm friends with the district archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management over there, and he's the one who first came across these medicine wheels and recognized what they are," O'Grady said.
the 28-year-old Eh Cho Dene woman said she wasn't raised in her culture, but was introduced to the power of herbs, songs, dreams, ceremonies and medicine wheels for healing, when she participated in a 13-part documentary for Vision TV called Medicine Woman.
He realized that it was his duty to bring back the Medicine Wheels in North America and, in doing so, gave us a tool to re-balance our lives.
There were once about 20,000 medicine wheels in North America, before the Europeans came.